The Mansfield Borough Council voted to waive the late fees for real estate taxes for borough residents. This will go into effect as long as 20 of the 39 municipalities agree to do so.
Steve McCloskey, council member and chair of the finance committee, said the borough operates on two main revenue streams — real estate taxes and occupational taxes — and the borough had an “unbelievably strong” collection in April. McCloskey attributed this to residents using their stimulus checks to pay their taxes.
With this, McCloskey said the borough was financially stable enough to allow residents to pay their taxes until December without a penalty. Last year, the borough collected about $6,000 in penalty payments, McCloskey said.
The council received the conceptual plan from Hunt Engineering for the Quarry Creek Greenway and the extension of the trail to North Main Street. This plan will also allow the borough to apply for grants to fund the projects. The borough recently received a contract from the Army Corp of Engineers. The finance committee will review and bring it to the council with the recommendation for approval during the June meeting.
The council needed the Army Corps to sign off because it will allow the borough to lease the surface rights from the Army Corps for $1/year. The Army Corps will still maintain the signs and the dikes, and the borough will maintain the top part, the walking and biking trail area. This is what the borough plans to enhance and improve to make it more viable and a greater opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities.
The borough will apply for a grant in the amount of $250,000 from the Greenways Trails and Recreation Program. This will be the first piece of the trail projects, Chris McGann, borough manager said, and the borough is looking at the northern section to tie into the Army Corps trail. There is a local match of $43,914.88, which the borough already has.
McCloskey reported that the Route 6/Route 15 project is still estimated to begin in 2024. The new plan from PennDOT calls for the reduction of parking areas on Main Street by 19 spots. The idea, he said, is to take out the diagonal parking and put in parallel parking. Both of these aspects are concerns for several groups, McCloskey said. It also involves the removal of some green spaces and cutting down some sidewalk areas.
The next Mansfield Borough Council meeting will be Wednesday, June 10. More information is available at http://mansfieldborough.org/borough-council.