By LindaReilly

SPIRIT correspondent

East Lansdowne taxpayers will have no increase in taxes for the sixth year and counting for the $1.95 million 2017 preliminary budget if adopted as presented.

Borough Finance Chairman Majovie Bland presented Council with the 2017 budget at the regular meeting reflecting no tax increase again for homeowners.

Taxpayers with an average assessment of $70,000 will pay $791 next year with the 11.3 mills rate.

The trash collection fee did increase $10 from $165 to $175.

“The increase in the trash fee is from the rising contract costs,” Bland said. “We are also transferring $150,000 from the fund balance for (Borough) Hall repairs. The transfer will bring the fund balance down to $105,000.”

The budget is available for review at Borough Hall on Lexington Ave. during weekday business hours.

It will be voted on at the Dec. 12 Council meeting.

Borough Manager William Callahan announced free fire wood is available to residents who can call Borough Hall to make arrangements for pickup.

In other business, Council announced the annual tree lighting ceremony will be at 7 p.m., Dec. 9 at Borough Hall.

Finance Chairman Majovie Bland sorts through paperwork for the 2017 preliminary budget.

Finance Chairman Majovie Bland sorts through paperwork for the 2017 preliminary budget.

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