2006-12-09 / Front Page

No tax hike in Emporium

Emporium Borough property owners won’t see a tax increase next year. Borough Council members voted this week to hold the real estate tax at 16.91 mills.

“Hopefully we will be able to maintain a balanced budget,” said Emporium Borough Manager Rob Aversa, following the 2007 budget approval.

The general fund for next year’s budget is projected at almost $900,000, while the sanitation/highway aid and revenue funds total almost $1.2 million.

Even with the tax freeze, Emporium Volunteer Fire Department will receive some $6,000, and the Police Department will be getting equipment and a new vehicle. The spending plan also contains about $3,000 for roof work and fencing repairs at a dog kennel on South Mountain Road.

Aversa said a projected three-percent pay increase for borough employees was also a part of the budget. Borough employees will also see a slight increase in their health insurance benefits, he noted.

Summer part-time employees will be given a higher hourly pay, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s new minimum wage law.

The borough did cut back on the planned purchase of some office supplies in order to balance the budget without a tax hike.

Borough meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and are open to the public.

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