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Council approves 2011 budget with no tax increase

December 14, 2010

Kolton Renegade Powers (front) was presented with a proclamation from Punxsutawney Mayor James T. Wehrle (right) for his heroics during a fire that erupted Nov. 2 at his home on Graffius Avenue. Powers not only alerted his family members to the fire, but he also went next door to alert the neighbors, the Trayer family, who also lived in the duplex. Powers is joined by his mother, Missie Powers (back left). (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the 2011 budget with no tax increase at Monday’s council meeting.

Council President Susan Glessner said at last month’s meeting that council did agree to shift 0.15 mills from the recreation department budget to the library fund budget to make up for the short fall in funding from the state.

Glessner has praised the department heads and borough employees for working hard on next year’s spending plan so that they can continue with all of the borough’s services without increasing taxes.

Council members approved Ordinance No. 1107 for 2011 that taxes valuation assessed for county purposes at the following millage rates with each mill being the equivalent of $0.10 on each $100 of assessed valuation, all under the authority of the Local Tax Enabling Act:

— 10.0 mills for general borough purposes.

— 0.90 mills for the purchase of fire engines, fire apparatus and fire hose and for the purpose of making appropriations to the fire department for payment of operational expenses and related purposes.

— 0.60 mills to maintain or aid in the maintenance of a local library for the use of residents of the borough.

— 0.45 mills for the purpose of making permanent street improvements.

— 0.75 mills for the purpose of lighting and illuminating the streets, highways and other public places.

— 0.15 mills for the purpose of providing recreational facilities, support and maintenance.

— 0.15 mills for the purpose of providing pensions, retirement or the purchase of annuity contracts for borough employees.

Breaking down the 2011 Punxsutawney Borough budget includes the following:

• General Purpose Fund:

— Administration — $375,734

— Police Department — $682,193.

— Codes and Zoning — $9,950

— Public Works — $294,643.

— Special — $639,986.

Total expenditures and revenues — $2,002,506

• Capital Improvement Account — total balance and revenues — $65,142; total expenditures — $20,000; reserve — $45,142.

• Capital Reserve Account Police Department — total balance and revenues — $14,300; total expenditures — $8,000; reserve — $6,300.

• Fire Department Fund — total balance and revenues — $451,130; total expenditures — $77,300; reserve — $373,830.

• Library Fund — total balance and revenues — $49,025; total expenditures $49,000; reserve — $25.

• Motor Fund — total balance and revenues — $186,975; total expenditures — $164,000; reserve — $22,975.

• Parking Revenue Fund — total balance and revenues — $14,705; total expenditures — $6,900; reserve $7,805.

• Pension and Retirement — total revenues and expenditures — $12,545.

• Recreation Fund — total balance and revenues — $90,692; total expenditures — $16,200; reserve — $74,492.

• Street Improvement Fund — total balance and revenues — $57,565; total expenditures — $51,000; reserve — $6,565.
2011 Sewer System Budget — total revenues — $1,665,543; subtotal plant operations — $1,450,044.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

• Mayor James T. Wehrle presented Kolton Renegade Powers with a proclamation thanking him for being a “superhero” for alerting his family and the neighbors — the Jim Trayer family, who shared the duplex home with the Powers family — to the fire that occurred Nov. 2 at his home on Graffius Avenue. Wehrle proclaimed Dec. 13 as Kolton Renegade Powers Day in Punxsutawney. Powers and his mother Missie accepted the framed proclamation from Wehrle at the beginning of the council meeting. Kolton was recently honored for his heroics during the Home For The Holidays parade by riding on Elk Run’s engine.

• Tom Fedigan, police chief, pointed out that his department has yet to receive its new Ford Crown Victoria Patrol car because of changes that needed to be made to the vehicle, but he’s expecting it to be delivered Wednesday.

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