DURYEA — Borough Council members convened for a special meeting on Thursday to approve the 2018 budget, which sits around $1.5 million and calls for no tax hike.
The budget has a mill rate of 1.6. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed property value.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the council members and borough mayor Keith Moss presented new radios to the police department.
The radios were manufactured by SCHOTT Glass in the borough and cost $4,000, and Moss said SCHOTT donated $1,000 to the borough to help purchase them.
“SCHOTT likes to be a productive member of the community,” said Al Thorn, SCHOTT Glass Manager of Engineering. “We appreciate the help of the community during our fire (in 2015).” Thirty-six fire departments arrived on the scene to douse flames during the fire.
Unlike the former hand-held radios, which Moss said were close to 20 years old, the new radios clip to the back of the police officers’ belts with a small speaker that clips to the front of their uniform. Officers speak into them by pressing a button the speaker.
Moss noted the new radios have a larger frequency range.
“We were having problems getting word out when we were in certain area with the portable radios,” he said. “The new ones have a little more power to them than what the old ones had.”