FACTORYVILLE — Members of Factoryville Borough Council approved a motion to reopen the 2016 budget and advertise a new budget with a 2-mill tax increase to the general millage, earmarked for the building of a new fire hall, during a reorganization meeting on Monday, Jan. 4.
A budget with a 2-mill general fund tax was previously passed on Dec. 9.
Members of borough council will vote on whether to pass the new budget during a regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at borough hall, 161 College Ave.
According to Borough Manager Mary Ellen Buckbee, Factoryville has $14,000 in reserve for fire hall debt although council members decided to leave the funds in the budget as a cushion.
A 2-mill tax increase would cost each household in Factoryville and Clinton Township, on average, an additional $40 per year.
According to Buckbee, the added cost through the tax increase would be much more feasible than other alternatives.
“The cost would be $80 a year per household to run the volunteer fire department, but I know if (the borough) lost our volunteers because we didn’t support them, the cost of hiring a fire department would be monumentally more,” she said.
Factoryville Borough Vice President Bill Edwards was in favor of supporting the building of a new fire hall through a tax increase.
“It will be completely self-contained,” he said. “If we have a emergency situation, it could be used as a shelter.”
In other business:
• Chuck Wrobel was re-elected as council president, Bill Edwards was re-elected as vice president and Dan Engler was re-elected as president pro temp.
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