WEST PITTSTON — Borough Council members convened for a special meeting Monday to approve the 2018 budget that totals about $5.7 million and calls for no tax hike.
Property taxes are set to remain at 3.46 mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.
Also during the meeting, the council members approved to use reserve funds of $12,000 from 2017 Fire Protection millage to pay towards advance principal and interest on the fire truck loan.
The motion was approved 6-1 with Councilman Charlie Alfano voting “no” and stating he felt the money should be carried over towards payments in 2018.
Borough manager Savino Bonita said last year’s mileage of 0.2000 for Fire Protection was enough to raise the money to pay the fire truck payment of $41,000, but the fire department received a grant to help pay for the debt.
“That $12,000 was money we had to place into escrow because they used the grant, and we paid the balance, so we couldn’t use it for any other purpose,” he said. “We’re going to advance it onto the principal and interest.”
In other business…
• The council members approved to apply for multiple LSA Grant Funds for a police vehicle for approximately $45,000, a fire emergency vehicle for approximately $41,000; and a public works vehicle for approximately $73,000.
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