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Northampton council OKs preliminary 2020 budget

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Plan includes half-mill hike in property taxes, first increase since 2016

At the Dec. 5 meeting, Northampton Borough Council gave preliminary approval for the projected $6.97 million budget for 2020, a spending plan that calls for a half-mill increase in property taxes.

A homeowner with a $50,000 assessment would pay approximately $25 more next year. The hike in property taxes is the first since 2016.

According to borough Manager LeRoy Brobst, whose administration prepared the tentative budget, the spending plan was tweaked a bit since presenting the budget to borough lawmakers in November. These minor changes did not result in a further real estate tax hike.

Council, in preliminarily approving the budget, had no comment or questions regarding the 2020 spending plan. Final adoption of the budget is expected at the Dec. 19 meeting.

The proposed budget calls for an additional police officer, an additional public works department employee, a new police SUV and an aerial firetruck.

There has been no dissent from the public regarding the budget, said to be conservative while meeting the borough’s needs. In fact, two men before the council meeting said the millage rate should have gone up 1 mill to allow for a cushion in subsequent years.

The unanimous vote by council was six in favor of the small real estate tax increase. Councilmen Ed Pany and Robert McHale were not present.