The 2019 budget for White Oak Borough introduced at Monday's council meeting reflects no tax increase.
A special council meeting is slated for 7 p.m. on Dec. 27 for the purpose of adopting the budget. The meeting is open to the public.
The current property tax rate is 6.41 mills. Borough property taxes for a home assessed at $100,000 would be $641 annually.
In other business, Mayor Ina Jean Marton wished all residents a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year and thanked everyone who participated in the borough’s first Toys for Tots collection.
“We collected five overflowing boxes,” Marton said. “Everyone was very generous.”
Marton credited the police department and their secretary Vicky McNamee for organizing the collection and assuring it went off smoothly.
Recycling Drop-Off Eliminated: Council voted to eliminate the recycling drop-off collection program at the municipal building for paper and cardboard. Council members said an excessive amount of garbage is being left at the drop-off site and that the service provider, Royal Oak Recycling, is not collecting the recycling in a timely fashion.
Borough officials encouraged residents to instead utilize the established curbside program to recycle cardboard and paper.
Police Report: Marton gave the police report for November, which included 11 arrests and 59 traffic violations. Arrests included two assaults, two drug offenses, one endangering the welfare of a child, one attempt to elude police, one harassment and four theft charges.
During borough engineer Ken Hillman’s report, council approved a motion for payment in the amount of $25,366 to Swede Construction for completion of the salt shed project.
Borough officials reminded all residents that municipal offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26, and Jan. 1, in observance of the holidays.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers municipal news from Duquesne, White Oak and other subjects for Tube City Almanac. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published December 20, 2018.