Northampton Borough Council unanimously adopted the 2019 budget during its meeting Dec. 20. The $6,311,320 spending plan retains the 10-mill property tax level.
For properties assessed at $50,000, with a $100,000 appraisal, the tax is $500. Properties with a $100,000 assessment, and a $200,000 appraised value, carry a $1,000 real estate tax.
Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. and Gene Kutzler are the recipients of Northampton Borough’s Golden Cement Bag Award for their commitment and service to the community. The honorees were awarded their plaques at the borough’s annual dinner, held Dec. 14 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
More than 150 borough employees, staff and guests attended the program. The Golden Cement Bag Award was begun years ago to recognize individuals for their service to the community. Jack Harhart, the 2017 recipient, was present at the event.
Confidence and leadership are traits four Northampton Area High School seniors possess, as they were cited as Students of the Month by Northampton Exchange Club during its Service to Youth program Dec. 5 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
Recognized were Jenna Rogers, November Girl of the Month; Tyler Gilliard, November Boy of the Month; Abby Wheeler, December Girl of the Month; and Evan Gillette, December Boy of the Month.
The recipients were given a Lamp of Knowledge plaque, framed certificate and an Exchange Club pen.
In an address at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Middle Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs, Emil Giordano reported his leaving his seat on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas was to bring his experience to the people.
Giordano said he thought long and hard of what he wanted to do moving forward in his career and decided he wanted to return to being a private attorney to be “close to the people.”
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.
Northampton Borough Council approved a 4-percent annual salary boost for its uniformed police officers at its Nov. 29 meeting.
The eight-member council unanimously approved the new wage and benefits contract — 12 percent over the three-year pact — for the 11 officers in the bargaining unit.
The police chief’s salary is set separately by council.
“Each year of the new contract, they will receive a 4-percent pay increase,” LeRoy Brobst, borough manager, explained.
Northampton Exchange Club held its first Service to Youth program for the 2018-19 school year at Northampton Banquet and Event Center Nov. 7. The following seniors were cited as Students of the Month during the dinner meeting: Gabrielle Demchak, September Girl of the Month; William Bachiashvili, September Boy of the Month; Katelyn Graver, October Girl of the Month; and Cameron Eaton, October Boy of the Month.
The students were presented with certificates in recognition of their achievements, club pens and Lamp of Knowledge plaques.
Northampton Borough Council is expected to vote on the 2019 budget at its Dec. 6 meeting.
The $6.4 million budget, introduced at the Nov. 29 meeting, retains the 10-mill real estate tax levy.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst called it “a tough budget with challenges.” However, the spending plan, which is expected to pass unanimously, does not include a property tax hike.
Northampton Exchange Club paid tribute to three Northampton Area High School faculty members — Rebecca Wagner, Barbara Christman and Marilyn White — during a Nov. 7 dinner meeting, where they were named NAHS Employees of the Month.
The tradition began three years ago when NAHS librarian Sally Madden was the first recipient.
Northampton Borough’s coveted Cement Bag Award will be presented to a borough resident at the annual banquet, to be held Dec. 14 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center. The dinner is usually coupled with a State of the Borough address, given by borough Manager LeRoy Brobst.
The identity of the 2018 honoree will not be disclosed until the event, a dinner at which borough employees and others aligned with the borough are also recognized for their dedication to the community.