Mt. Pleasant holds steady on property tax rate
Mt. Pleasant Borough Council set the millage rate for borough property owners for 2016 at 16. The rate remains unchanged from 2015.
Council accepted the 2016 balanced general fund budget of $1,229,506.
“The borough has not had to raise taxes for the 11th consecutive year,” Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy said.
Landy said the borough is in sound shape financially, and more projects are planned for 2016.
“Mt. Pleasant is in good shape,” Landy said. “We are what other towns in the area consider to be a model community.”
Council President Joe Bauer, who lost his bid for re-election in November, was presented with a special plaque recognizing his years on council.
“I wish only the best for council,” Bauer said. “I’m planning to now take some ‘me time,’ but it has been a pleasure to work with you all.”
Landy told council concrete work will begin on Penn Park Dec. 14.
“The weather will determine how far they will go,” Landy said, adding the borough is required to put some funding up for the project, but it will be repaid those monies. “The first $25,000 has to come from the town, but we will be reimbursed.”
Mt. Pleasant police Chief Doug Sam warned residents about phone scams and advised residents to never send funds to people who are posing as professionals or agency representatives.
“I can assure you that the IRS is not going to call you,” Sam said in regards to complaints of calls received from people who are posing as representatives for the IRS.
“If you have caller ID and you do not recognize the number, don’t answer it,” he said.
Sam suggested any resident who has questions regarding fraud and their rights regarding scams to check the police website at www.mtpleasantpolice.com.
The borough’s VFW was recognized for 80 years of service in the community, and post representatives were awarded a special plaque.
The reality tour will continue in February, and Mayor Gerald Lucia urges adult residents to bring young children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to the event.
“It’s important for them to learn the dangers of all kinds of drugs,” Lucia said.
In other business, council:
• Approved an increase in the hourly wages of part-time patrolmen to $12 for a six-month probationary period. It will then be increased to $13.
• Accepted a bid from Lincoln Landscaping for grass cutting and snow removal in 2016 for $19,288.
• Gave permission to Sam to hire up to three part-time patrolmen, pending passage of background checks and approval of requirements.
• Accepted a garbage bid for 2016-2018 from Greenridge Waste Service. Rates are $39.45 per quarter, which includes 35 gallon or 65 gallon recycling containers.
Marilyn Forbes is a Trib Total Media contributing writer.