PLYMOUTH – Borough Coordinator Joe Mazur on Tuesday assured council there would be no tax increase in 2013.
I can guarantee you there will not be a tax raise, Mazur said while discussing earned income tax revenue not disbursed by Berkheimer Associates.
Berkheimer took over EIT collection accounts from the Don Wilkinson/Centax Group after that company bungled its duties as EIT collector for all municipalities in Luzerne County and ultimately closed its doors.
Wilkinson still owes us over $70,000. But we have enough money in the general fund to … make the next two payrolls and possibly have some money left over, Mazur said.
Mazur also noted the borough is acquiring two new police cruisers and possibly a used truck. I think it will serve our community well, he said.
Mayor Dorothy Petrosky said the cruisers were supposed to be delivered in October and asked what was causing the holdup. Councilman Ron Kobusky said a call of inquiry would be made.
Council also voted to accept the resignation of Josh Evans from the street department and to send him a letter of thanks for his three years of part-time and two years of full-time service. He will still be available if needed on a part-time basis.
Councilman Clif Madrack asked that Evans' position be advertised in the newspaper so everyone has a fair shot at getting the job. Mazur said he already had a stack of applications.
Madrack said he understood it would be a lot of work but was the fair thing to do, it's the admirable thing to do.
Kobusky reiterated there were 10 or 12 applications in and they're from Plymouth people. He also said legal ads are expensive.
Madrack said it could be advertised in the less expensive help wanted ads.
If it's in the paper, that makes me feel a lot better, and I think it would make everybody else feel a lot better, that everybody had a shot at it, Madrack said. I would rather see a local guy get it. But if there's someone more qualified, then maybe we ought to consider that.
Councilman Bill Dixon said he would like to have the opportunity to interview applicants.
In other business, council voted to submit an application for $2 million in gaming funds from the state to put towards the downtown revitalization project.
Mazur reminded residents they can dispose of old phone books in a Dumpster in the parking lot next to the municipal building. It likely will be there until the first week of January.