Hollidaysburg keeps taxes level, opts out of casino

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Borough Council members voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a final 2018 budget with no tax increase.

Borough Manager James Gehret said real estate taxes will remain at 3.1 mills — a number set last year after a countywide tax reassessment.

The 2018 general fund budget predicts borough revenue in the amount of $2,973,850, and general fund expenses likely will total $2,932,163, Gehret said, when the budget was given preliminary approval last month.

“No changes have been made to that budget,” he said Thursday.

That means the borough stands to see a surplus balance of $41,687 at the end of next year.

That end-of-year balance is greater than what was predicted for this year — a surplus of $19,018.

In 2018, revenue and expenditures are predicted to increase by about $106,000 and $80,000, respectively.

Gehret said that no large or unusual projects are slated for next year.

That is true for the general fund budget, as well as water and sewer, he said.

Water and sewer rates will not be increased next year, Gehret said

On Thursday, council members also voted to approve a salary increase for borough employees. The increase of 2.5 percent will be applied to both uniformed and non-uniformed employees, Gehret said.

In other business, council chose to opt out of an opportunity to open the borough to possible development of a small-scale casino — an option now allowed under new gambling rules.

Councilman Patrick Plummer said his vote was an obvious choice.

“We want to be family-oriented here in the Borough of Hollidaysburg,” he said.

There were no comments from those in attendance about the casino decision.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.