No tax hike in Y’ville

Youngsville Borough has a no-tax increase 2014 budget in place.

Council unanimously approved the measure Monday.

Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg said that this budget is for the most part the same as last year. Taxes were held even across all funds.

“It’s a good looking budget, I think,” said Councilman Steve Morris before the vote.

Mayor Jim Farr thanked everyone involved for “their hard work in pulling it together.”

Hagberg said that there are no significant changes to borough services.

The Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool was included in the 2014 budget at a total of $20,000. Hagberg said that the Friends of the BVSP will help cover the remaining operational costs and that the borough will work together with the Friends to complete additional projects.

Council also heard a proposal from Pool Director Lee Bryan. He said that the Recreation Commission approved the idea of selling 2014 pool passes at 2013 prices through the end of 2013. “It’s just an idea… to hopefully be able to sell more.” He said the format would allow prospective buyers to avoid 2014 price increases and also use passes as Christmas presents. “The idea came from Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks. That’s what a lot of people do. I guess it’s worth a try.”

Also, Farr presented plaques to Council members Rob Olson and Doug Peterson, whose terms expire at the end of the year. Farr said the plaques were in “appreciation of working with us in Youngsville Borough for a lot of years… You will be greatly missed. You did a great job for our community.”