From The Daily Courier newspaper (Connellsville, PA) by Cindy Ekas, December 13, 2011
Property owners in Dunbar Borough will not see a tax increase for 2012.
Council members adopted a $352,184 final budget Monday night that holds the line on real estate taxes at 1.665 mills.
Taxpayers will pay $1.66 to the borough for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. This means a property owner whose home is valued at $50,000 would pay $83 a year in real estate taxes to the borough.
Council members Jason Bartholomai and John Maddas abstained from voting while the five other members voted to approve the spending plan.
Bartholomai said he abstained because he didn’t have an opportunity to review the budget; Maddas said he was in the hospital when council reviewed the tentative budget and did not have a chance to see it.
Real estate taxes generate an estimated $38,000 in revenue for the borough. Each mill brings in about $23,000, according to borough secretary Tammy Nedrow.
The budget includes money for paving roads, replacing storm drains, purchasing the post office building and a new dump truck. The budget earmarks additional funding for increasing the hours of the borough’s only police officer, Jamie Speelman, or hiring another police officer.
Speelman works about 35 to 38 hours a week. Council is considering increasing her hours as a way of providing more coverage in 2012.
An estimated $14,000 was included in this year’s budget for the police department, but the amount will be increased to approximately $30,000 in the 2012 spending plan.
The proposed budget includes money for the borough to purchase the post office building, which was constructed in 1982. The borough has a lease agreement with private owners and the option to purchase the post office building after 30 years. The 30-year time period will end in March. Borough solicitor Tim Witt is negotiating an agreement with the owners.
In other business, Councilman Norm Gordon said “Christmas in the Park” was a huge success.
“I was very impressed with the volunteerism in our community,” Gordon told council members. “We had at least 75 kids at the event. The kids did have a blast. We served hot dogs, buns and all of the trimmings. The kids rode the train to Connellsville with Santa. The event didn’t cost the borough a dime, and we made lasting memories for those kids.”