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No ’07 tax hike set for Forty Fort

FORTY FORT -- Council unanimously voted Monday to pass the first reading of the proposed 2007 budget. There will be no tax increase in the proposed $1,165,150 spending plan, and the millage will remain at 45 mills.

A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.

Approximately $24,000 is earmarked for repairs to the ceiling and pillars of the borough building’s portico, Finance Chairman Jim McCabe said. Also planned are repairs to the borough’s public swimming pool, at a price tag of approximately $14,000.

“We don’t want to close the pool, we want to fix it,” McCabe said, commenting on the number of area public pools closed due to lack of funds to repair them.

In other business, George and Anita Cawley, of Center Street, asked council if the borough has a flood control plan for the future. They said their driveway and street were flooded during Friday’s heavy rain.

Councilman Andy Tuzinski said council would meet with the county’s Flood Protection Authority at a special public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council meeting room, to discuss recent and historic flood problems in the borough.

Also, Nancy Dolan, of Center Street, asked council to rescind last month’s approval of a variance in the construction of a drive-through lane for the Cross Valley Federal Credit Union at Wyoming Avenue and Center Street. Many residents attended last month’s meeting to protest the variance, which would allow a much shorter setback from the curb than the current requirement of 20 feet.

Citing a decreased line of sight, she said the traffic pulling in and out of the parking lot would jeopardize the safety of the children and other pedestrians in the area.

Dolan and the other residents were informed at the November meeting that the project had already been approved by the borough and county planning commissions, and was granted the necessary variances.

McCabe told Dolan that only the Court of Common Pleas could reverse the decision. Council President Joe Chacke said council would discuss the matter with Borough Solicitor Sam Falcone and might have recommendations at a special meeting scheduled for Dec. 18.

At that meeting, council will also vote on the second reading of the proposed 2007 budget.

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