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No tax hikes for Muncy, Montgomery

By Staff | Dec 11, 2019

Both Muncy and Montgomery borough councils unanimously approved a 2020 budget with no tax increases, respectively.

In Muncy, the approved budget of a 5.3 millage rate-or a $53 tax bill for a house assessed at $100,000-includes an addition of an 8.7 percent health insurance increase and a 0.5 percent increase from 1.5 percent to 2 percent for worker’s pension in the 2020, $1.08 million budget.

The increased funding for borough employees’ health insurance will not increase monthly payments from employees. In regards to worker’s pension, employees will be getting a 0.5 increase in their pension.

Dennis Holt, borough manager, added that the new council for 2020 also has the opportunity to reopen the budget if it is in need of amendments.

In another matter, the council unanimously approved giving each borough employee a ham for their Christmas bonus.

In the next meeting, the council will take action on the five-year fire services agreement with the Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Co. for emergency medical services and fire protection.

This agreement will contain a one percent increase in what the borough will be paying the fire company. The proposed agreement states that the borough will be paying the fire company $441,142 for the 2020 year.

Members present: Dana Bertin, Elaine McAleer, Linda Stein, Edward Feigles, Richard Umpstead Jr., Scott Delany and Richard Baker.

The next Muncy Borough meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the borough building at 14 N. Washington St.

Meanwhile, Montgomery council is proposing a $541,825 budget with the real estate millage remaining at 6.298.

The budget calls for setting aside in reserve $20,000 from natural gas impact fee money.

The spending plan includes an additional $5,000 allocation for the borough fire department and $18,000 for solicitor services, an amount some council members felt was too much.

Much of next year’s expenditures amount to $208,000 for borough police costs.