CLYMER — Clymer Borough Council passed a preliminary budget with a 1 mill tax increase at Tuesday’s meeting.
The $470,500 budget is an increase of $4,300 over last year’s budget, said Councilman John Buterbaugh, who presented the information.
The 1 mill increase is needed to fund extra fuel for police vehicles in the amount of $2,500 with increased police presence added this year, and an increase of $1,000 to the fire department workers compensation fund, he said.
Millage will be set at 25 mills, and the 1 mill increase will reflect an average $4.99 increase for homeowners.
The budget is available for review prior to a December vote.
In other business, council:
• Accepted a proposal from Environmental Planning and Design, of Pittsburgh, for $41,855.
EP&D will assist a committee in developing form-based codes for Clymer Borough to be used in a “different, focused form of zoning,” said Rob Barto, borough manager.
This type of zoning is more concerned with “not so much what you do, but what it looks like when you’re finished,” Barto said.
One of the purposes is to preserve the historic nature of the Clymer community, he said.
Members of the committee are John Hardesty Jr.; Dan Fletcher; Stephanie Brilhart; Zach Norwood; Jacob Beezer, an IUP student; and Jeff Raykes, chief planner at the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development.
This project is paid for in part by a Municipal Assistance Program grant of $25,000 that must be matched by the borough.
• Announced that leaf collection will be every Monday in November. Leaves must be bagged and at the curb. Residents are advised to not overload the bags with wet, heavy leaves.
• Announced that Light-Up Night activities are set for Nov. 29 in front of the American Legion, where Santa will arrive promptly at 7 p.m.