SWOYERSVILLE — The Borough Council passed a 2014 budget on Monday night with no tax increase and no reduction in services.
The budget reflected revenue and expenses of $1,581,691, with real estate tax millage remaining at 1.45. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.
Councilman Chris Concert was the lone dissenting vote.
“I believe the budget is a good one,” he said, “but I also believe we need some financial provision to fix borough streets.”
Grants received by the borough during the past year were earmarked for low-income areas and could not be applied to borough streets most in need of repair.
In another matter, Borough Secretary Gene Breznay presented two resolutions facilitating application for state casino gaming monies, both from the borough and the borough as a member of the West Side Council of Governments.
In approving the resolutions, council members said they hoped to draw state gaming monies to purchase new police vehicles and to fix borough street.
“Swoyersville should have a share of state gaming money,” said Councilman Joe Olejnick. “This borough would use the money efficiently and productively.”
Councilwoman Debbie Layaou announced the closure of fire station 179, removing it from the CAD system, and from all box alarms and response systems.
Mike Nenichka questioned council about the placement of a blockade on South Brook Street. Solicitor Joe Yeager responded, “Don’t bring Swoyersville borough into a dispute between neighbors.”
Council members expressed concern regarding the effect of the blockade on upcoming snow removal. Borough Engineer Mike Amato will look into the matter and report back to council.
John Lykon asked council to look into conditions of sidewalks on Dana Street.
The next meeting of the Borough Council will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6.