SALTSBURG — The real estate tax rate will remain unchanged at 1.9 mills in Saltsburg in 2020.
At its last regular meeting of the year, Saltsburg Borough Council approved that rate unanimously Monday night, along with a 2020 borough budget.
The budget anticipates $788,610 in revenue and $767,350 in expenditures in 2020.
However, council members are hoping for funding from Harrisburg for the Point Street Combined Sewer Output Separation Project.
Council also unanimously approved a resolution requesting a $192,280 Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
The borough hopes to fill a vacancy on its police force.
Officer in Charge Don Isherwood said a police officer from Jefferson County remained interested in the position.
“He’s been in a few different police departments,” Isherwood said.
The borough also is looking ahead to its annual Light-Up Night, scheduled Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. along the canal.
Mayor Karen Cumberledge said the event also includes a luminary ceremony at the River’s Edge stage at 6:15, and that luminaries still are available for $5 each.
“There will be tree decorating, visits from Santa and the Grinch (and) hopefully other characters will be down there,” the mayor said. “(There will be) free crafts and raffles for the kids, free hot chocolate, cookies, and the senior center will be selling soups, chili and hot dogs. Everything is a dollar.”
In addition, Councilwoman Lorrie Johnson said a few spaces remain for participants in a painting party Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Saltsburg Free Library. Each space costs $35.