HUGHESTOWN -- Borough Council voted 4-3 against a budget that would have balanced income and expenditures at $334,900 without a tax increase during Monday's regular council meeting.
Council President Wayne Quick Jr., Phil Falvo and Marie Griglock voted in favor of the budget.
Municipal officials will now take another look at the numbers with Mayor Paul Hindmarsh, noting that it may be January before a 2013 budget is passed.
After the vote, several members of council, including those who voted for and those who voted against the budget, complained of the constant upkeep costs for the two municipal police vehicles.
Council member Barbara Gato cited street department expenses as one of her major areas of concern, while council member Robert Gable said cuts could have been made across the board which would have resulted in a surplus.
Quick refrained from commenting on his budget vote and noted his belief the council members should discuss a few matters amongst themselves before speaking publicly about the budget.
In other matters, the council unanimously agreed to pursue a letter of intent to evaluate the possibility of joining several other communities in the greater Pittston area to form a regional police force.
While it is true that the city of Pittston and Dupont borough have been moving closer to shared police services, Quick said that this letter of intent was completely unrelated. He was joined by several other borough officials who said the letter of intent was primarily to look into potential costs.
The letter will allow the state Department of Community and Economic Development to give the borough some idea of what it will spend, and possibly save, if a move to regionalization came to fruition.
Hughestown has one full-time police chief with several part-time officers.
Also on Monday, the council reminded the public that the Hughestown Volunteer Hose Company will host its annual breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 23, followed immediately by a canned food drive from noon to 5 p.m. at hose company headquarters at 30 Center St.
The next regular Borough Council meeting will be Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m.