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Taxes Unchanged in Upcoming W.O. Budget

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
December 15, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak’s proposed 2022 budget will include no tax increase, officials said at this week’s borough council workshop session.

Borough manager John Palyo provided some updates on next year’s spending proposals. He said that key focus areas in the 2022 budget include pension plans and code enforcement.

It is possible that White Oak will continue to provide police services to South Versailles Twp. in 2022, Palyo said.

In other business, borough engineer Kenneth Hillman announced that the 2021 street paving project is complete.

“All the items are complete — we’re just waiting on the final pay request from Tresco,” Hillman said. “The borough facilities are almost done too — we’re working on punch lists tomorrow.”

Hillman also announced that the 2022 street paving and storm sewer projects have been advertised for bids. The watershed restoration, stream stabilization and Heritage Hill grants have not been funded at this time, he said.

Parts have been ordered to repair the traffic signal at Cool Springs Road and Route 48 and the poles should arrive in late April or early May, Hillman said.

Solicitor Pat McGrail said that a vacant home at 2717 Laurel Lane is still scheduled for demolition. The owner “hasn’t contacted the borough at all,” she said.

However, 2736 Laurel Lane — another vacant house that was targeted for demolition — is being repaired by the owner, and progress is being made, McGrail said.

The next council meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 20 at the borough building. Members of the public are welcome, and residents and taxpayers of the borough are welcome to make public comments.

Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer in Irwin. She can be reached at sarahturnbull323@gmail.com.

Originally published December 15, 2021.

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