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White Oak Council Will Consider Property Tax Cut

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
January 24, 2018
Posted in: White Oak News

(Cami DiBattista and Jason Togyer contributed to this report)

White Oak Council has proposed cutting the borough's property tax rate by 0.25 mills.

At January's meeting, Councilman George Dillinger, who chairs the finance committee, introduced a motion to re-advertise the 2018 budget and change the property tax rate from 6.66 mills to 6.41 mills.

Borough Manager John Palyo told Tube City Almanac that the new members of council who took office this month decided to re-open the $5.4 million budget and trim spending in a number of departments.

Council will vote on whether to adopt the new budget at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 5 at the borough building.

Also on the agenda for Feb. 5 will be a formal decision on hiring Mark Sargent as the borough's new police chief, Palyo said.

A contract offer has been extended to Sargent and, if accepted, must be approved by council, Palyo said.

In other business:

Mayor Ina Jean Marton said that White Oak police made 17 arrests in December, including 16 adults and one juvenile. Arrests included one for burglary, five for disorderly conduct, two for fraud charge, four for theft and receiving stolen property, and two for drug offences. Police issued 56 traffic violations for the month, Marton said.

Council announced that a borough employee was suspended for five days, but declined to release their name.

Councilman Lou Bender announced a Borough Clean-Up Day on May 5 and encouraged the participation of volunteers.  Additionally, a Rabies Clinic is slated for May 19 at the borough garage.

Councilman Ken Robb reported that Tips for Cops will take place at Twin Oaks Lounge on Feb. 26. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., White Oak police officers and officers from surrounding communities will be waiting tables and giving 100 percent of their tips to the food pantry at Sampson Mills Presbyterian Church.

Originally published January 24, 2018.

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