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Council OKs preliminary budget

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council members unanimously voted not to hike 2019 real estate taxes during their Dec. 6 meeting.

Council members lauded borough Manager LeRoy Brobst for his diligence in presenting a budget with no frills and retaining the property tax at its present 10-mill level.

Brobst credited the administration’s personnel for their major contributions to the budget process.

Borough lawmakers voted unanimously to preliminarily approve the general budget, following several minor changes. The final vote on adopting the budget will take place at the Dec. 20 meeting.

The good news for borough property owners is they will be paying the same amount in real estate taxes as this year. For a residence assessed at $50,000 and appraised at $100,000, the tax bill is unchanged at $500. For properties having a $100,000 assessment and a $200,000 appraised value, the $1,000 tax is retained.

The borough is in good footing as it begins 2019. Brobst projects a $1.7 million starting balance with sufficient funds to meet payroll and keep operating until real estate tax revenue begins arriving in the first quarter without seeking a tax anticipation loan.

Since UGI will be replacing gas lines in three of the four wards in the borough in 2019, street upgrades are being suspended. Brobst said resurfacing will mostly be confined to alleys and side streets.

The municipal pool will be repainted along with other structures on the complex. Larger lawn mowing and snow-blowing equipment are also included in the budget.