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HOMER CITY BOROUGH: Officials hold line on taxes

by on December 04, 2013 10:55 AM

HOMER CITY — Homer City residents will not see a change in taxes for 2014 following action by borough council Tuesday.

The budget calls for $473,098 in revenues and $411,917 in expenses.

The millage rate will remain at 21.82. One mill raises about $8,000 for the borough.

Borough officials could not provide a figure for how much the average taxpayer pays each year.

Council reported Tuesday that Light Up Night and the community’s Old Fashioned Christmas will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Homer City Fire Hall and Fireman’s Field. The parade begins at 6 p.m., starting at the Laundromat and ending at the fire hall.

The event will feature a bonfire, holiday music, crafts and a bazaar, visits with Santa, free treats and trolley rides.

In addition, Homer City Mayor Cal Cecconi said, the Good Citizen of the Year will be announced at the event. Nominations for the title will be accepted ending today.

“Please go out and support,” said council member Joseph Iezzi. “It’s a real nice thing.”

Wiley Street from Ridge Road to Greely Street will be closed and West Church Street from in front of the fire hall to Filbert Street will be closed during the event.

Borough officials also congratulated the Homer-Center football team for their playoff run.

“I want to congratulate our football team for the fine job they did,” Cecconi said.

“I want to wish them congratulations on how far they got,” said council member Matt Black. “They’re not only the Heritage Conference champions, but they’re the District 6 champions. Those kids played their hearts out, they really did. I was really pleased and I’m really proud of them.”

After the team’s best football season in 19 years, the Wildcats lost to Steelton-Highspire, 40-7, in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal game at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday.

“They held their heads high and exceeded everyone’s expectations and deserve to be proud,” Black said.

Police Chief Louis Sacco announced that the fire department will hold Super Bingo on Jan. 12 at the fire hall. The money raised will be donated to help the Homer City Police Department to purchase new radios. Doors for the event open at noon.

Sacco reported in November that there is $3,000 allotted for the purchase of two new radios. The department also has the option of leasing five radios for $600 a year per radio for five years.

The new radios are necessary for the department to operate within the new 800 MHz EMS digital system that Indiana County upgraded to in June. Contact with 911 dispatch services is not possible if all radios are not on the digital system.

Residents were reminded that there is still a vacancy on the Homer-Center Parks and Recreation Board of Directors.

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