Dalton Borough Council approves budget for 2018

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal

DALTON — At the Dec. 18 Dalton Borough Council meeting, finance chairperson Lorraine Daniels announced the final budget for 2018 is $140,331.

“The assessment is down this year,” Daniels said. “That means our finances are down this year.”

Daniels said that the millage, which is 24.7, has been raised by half a mil. Board member Bill Montgomery explained why Dalton Council needs to raise the millage.

“Our healthcare costs went up by 56 percent this year,” he said.

Council voted to approve the budget.

In other business…

• Montgomery announced Resolution # 8, in which Council of the Borough of Dalton, Lackawanna County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prohibits a Category 4 casino within the boundaries of Dalton Borough. Solicitor Frank Bolock explained that Dalton is outside the zone, which allows casinos.

• Board member Kyle Brown, in his public relations report, announced he recently met with members of the Dalton Sewer Authority. He said that Andrew Brandt, who was newly appointed to the authority, has not attended sewer authority meetings since March.

“The sewer authority board would like to consider him resigned,” Brown said.

Brown said Dalton Sewer Authority chairman Dave Beckish told him that Ned Clarke, who recently served on the Lackawanna Trail School Board, expressed interest in serving on the sewer authority.

Montgomery said there are formalities that must be complete first.

“We will move swiftly on that,” he said.

• Mayor Aaron Holzman thanked Daniels and the finance committee for the work completed on the 2018 budget.

• Frank Bolock, in his solicitor’s report. announced a reorganization meeting on Jan. 2. He said the council has the option to take care of two pieces of legislation — the garbage fee ordinance and the budget and tax ordinance – during this meeting or during the public meeting on Jan. 11. Montgomery decided the council will deal with the two items at the reorganization meeting.


By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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