Smithton Council puts forth 2015 budget
Smithton Council approved a proposed 2015 budget Monday that is balanced and does not require a tax increase.
With only four members in attendance, council agreed to advertise a proposed spending plan reflecting $132,049 in expenditures and revenues for 2015 — a decrease from the 2014 budget of about 1 percent. Council members present were Dan Barthels, Bruce Celapino, Fred Foster and Larry Heltebran.
Barthels said the hours budgeted for the police department remain unchanged at 35 per week for Smithton, 10 per week for Madison and 10 per week for Sutersville.
The proposed tax rate on real property is 16 mills, the same as the current rate.
The proposed budget will be available for viewing in the borough office for 10 business days starting today (Thursday). Council will vote on adopting the final budget for 2015 at its next meeting, Dec. 8.
Borough secretary Jackie Faber noted she will be in the office Thanksgiving week 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that Monday and Tuesday, instead of the normal Tuesday and Thursday.
Mayor Christine Tutena announced that the borough’s light-up event is set for Dec. 6 with a parade starting things off at 6 p.m. Tutena said any group interested in participating in the parade is welcome. Call her at 724-872-6279. She also reminds residents that cookie bakers are needed for the annual cookie giveaway that pairs so well with the free hot chocolate. Bakers should also call Tutena.
In addition to the lighting of new LED light decorations along Second Street, the event will also feature a fireworks display. Said Tutena, “It’s going to be spectacular!”
William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-872-6800.