If you own property in Tunkhannock Township, your taxes will go up one mill for 2019.
According to township secretary Judy Gingher, it was the first real estate tax increase in the township since 2002, although the township did begin assessing a fire tax in 2016.
With all accounts counted, Gingher said revenues would be $1,792,824 and expenditures $1,779,619.
Resident Jerry Beaucheane noted that the proposed tax increase was not voted on during the regular November meeting, but rather after the supervisors went into executive session, and after the public had left.
“Isn’t that a little underhanded to do that after everyone left,” he asked.
“Not at all,” supervisor Glenn Shupp said. “We had a matter that needed discussing, before we voted. You could have hung around.”
Gingher said a reporter called the next morning to find out the outcome and it was duly reported.
She also noted that the budget was available for inspection and no one registered any concerns.
Supervisors were apprised by Ginger that Disaster Blaster would be on the premises next Monday to remove mold would be on site for around four or five days.
She also acknowledged having received a check from the insurance provider in the amount of $23,607 which would go toward cleanup.
There was also some discussion about D&C Fuel Station which was undergoing a review by the county planning commission.
Asked about whether they (D&C) were putting in a new light, supervisor Randy White said the township would not sign off until there was some sort of a maintenance agreement
The supervisors also received notification from the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding a D&C sewage module.
Supervisors also addressed whether they would have an end-of-year meeting and Dec. 27 was selected as a possible date, but no meeting time had been selected, pending everyone checking their schedules.
Gingher said if a meeting were to occur, it would need to be advertised
Gingher also read a letter from the Tunkhannock Little League Softball team that travelled to the World Series.
The girls thanked the supervisors for their support.
The township wrote out a check for $1,000.