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No Tax Increase in Clarion Borough in 2020

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 12:12 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

Clarion Borough CouncilCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Taxes will remain the same for Clarion Borough residents under the 2020 budget adopted by the Borough Council on Tuesday, December 4.

Taxes will remain at 22 mills or $22.00 per every $1,000.00 of accessed property.

The millage breakdown includes 16.945 mills for general purposes; 0.95 mills for street lighting; 1.63 mills for fire service; 0.975 mills for the library; 0.5 mills for recreation; and one mill for recycling.

In addition to the millage tax, the local service tax is $52.00; the earned income tax is half of 1 percent on borough residents and 1 percent on non-residents; the mechanical tax is $60.00 per unit; and the realty transfer tax is half of one percent.

The 2020 fee schedule will also remain the same and can be viewed at the borough office.

The general fund budget is for $2,086,415.00 with projected revenue being $2,051,850.00 leaving a deficit of $34,465.00 that will come out of the unassigned fund balance leaving that fund balance at $514,450.00

The council also approved the seeking of proposals for a 2020 tax anticipation note in the amount of $300,000.00. This loan would allow the borough to keep operating if tax revenues in the first part of 2020 were slower coming in that expected, although borough council president Carol Laptino noted the borough hasn’t had to use the tax anticipation note in recent years but that it was good policy to seek proposals on one.


Tuesday’s council meeting was the last in the long distinguished career of councilman Earl Zerfoss, who elected to retire from the council after between 39 and 44 years of service – Zerfoss says it depends on how you count the years.

The Borough is inviting all Clarion Borough residents to an open house celebrating the work of the 83-year old Zerfoss being held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 27, at the borough office.

Mayor Bill Miller, council president Carol Lapinto, and councilman Ben Aaron all shared stories and congratulated and thanked Zerfoss for his service, with Aaron noting that Zerfoss has served the borough for as long as Aaron, who was born in 1979, has been alive.

Lapinto mentioned how Zerfoss was hired on at the borough in 1977, while Miller recounted a story of his first meeting with Zerfoss when Miller was hired as the Clarion University swim coach and Zerfoss was in charge of the dining services at Clarion University.


In other business the council:

  • Authorized the procurement process for the fire hall man doors replacement project upon receipt of final specifications and cost estimate from the EADS Group.
  • Authorized the EADS Group to complete design, engineering, and cost estimate services for the 2020 Library Sidewalk Replacement Project, which should take place in the early summer of 2020.
  • Approved a revision/modification to the Fiscal Year 2015 CDBG program to place unused administrative funds into the Main Street Improvement Activity for the decorative light pole replacement project.
  • Authorized EADS Group to complete design, engineering, and cost estimate services for the Main Street Decorative Light Pole Replacement Project.
  • Approved a time extension for the use of the remaining 2015 FFY 2015 Main Street Improvement Funding for tree installation.
  • Made the following appointments: Ryan Miles to a 3-year term on the Zoning and Housing Board to expire at the end of 2022; Michael Chesterfield to a 6-year term on the Civil Service Commission to expire at the end of 2025; Barry Sweet to a 3-year term of the Police Pension Committee and a 3-year term on the General Employees’ Pension Committee to both expire at the end of 2022.
  • Announced that the bi-annual reorganization meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, January 6, to be followed by the regular council meeting at 7:00 p.m. Note that the day of the meeting is Monday and not Tuesday. The meeting will be held in the assembly room downstairs at the Clarion Free Library.

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