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Irwin council president: Tax hike not tied to officers

Although Irwin council focused almost exclusively during this month’s meeting on a proposal to add two new police positions, President Bob Wayman said the added cost of those full-time officers isn’t related to a proposed millage increase that would generate $30,000 for the borough general fund — the same general fund that would pay their salaries.

Technically, he’s correct. Unlike the proposed half-mill fire tax that council is considering, the 1-mill increase wouldn’t be linked to any specific budget expense. However, council members Deborah Kelly and Gail Macioce — who both voted against advertising the 2015 budget proposal — said the proposed hike in the property tax rate obviously is linked to the new positions.

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