CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Borough residents will see no tax increase for 2017.
At Thursday’s meeting, the Clearfield Borough Council approved the 2017 general fund and liquid fuels budget. The budget holds taxes in the borough at 25 mills.
This means the owner of a $50,000 property would pay $312.5 in taxes to Clearfield Borough. Property owners in the borough must also pay taxes to Clearfield County and to the Clearfield Area School District.
The budget lists expenditures and revenues at $2,425,250, respectively
Expenditures are listed as follows:
- $45,003.67 for legislative
- $75,949.34 for executive
- $46,075.89 for financial administration
- $45,489.00 for tax collection
- $79,252.25 for wages and benefits for the borough operations manager
- $26,011.27 for the borough administration building
- $5,000 for the engineer
- $921,431.59 for wages and expenses for the police department
- $413,789.00 for wages and garage expenses for the street department
- $114,087.63 for the fire department
- $86,528.88 for the code department
- $1,700 for planning and zoning
- $8,661.11 for sanitary sewers
- $5,092.00 for recycling
- $105,800.07 for general highway maintenance
- $78,895.48 for highway cleaning
- $43,132.68 for snow removal
- $33,450.36 for highway traffic maintenance
- $72,000.00 for highway lighting
- $54,136 for highway repairs
- $64,130.04 for highway sewer maintenance
Also at the meeting, Assistant Fire Chief John C. Williams urged residents to be careful when using space heaters. He said as the weather continues to turn colder, many residents use space heaters in their homes.
He said the residents should be mindful of any flammable items that may be too close to the heaters while in use and to be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
He said the fire department responds to several calls each year where space heaters have caused fires.
He also encouraged residents to be sure to shovel around fire hydrants near their properties. He said taking a few minutes to shovel around the hydrants can save a lot of time in the event of an emergency.
Williams told the council that the fire department has scheduled the annual Santa Tour for Dec. 17. However, with bad weather in the forecast, Williams said the event may be rescheduled for the following Saturday. He said residents can check the fire department’s Facebook page for updates.
In other business, the council approved a motion to have the Civil Service Commission prepare a promotion list for the position of assistant police chief by Dec. 20. Those interested in the position should submit letters of interest by Jan. 9.
The council also approved advertising for gasoline and diesel bids, retaining Stiffler, McGraw and Associate as engineers, and permanent part-time status of Patrolman Dakota Dahler, who has completed his probationary period.