MANSFIELD — The 2021 budget for the Mansfield Borough does not account for a tax increases.
The total income and revenue is projected to be $1,387,000. The budget will be balanced this year, whereas in the past few years, the borough has ended with a small surplus, Steve McCloskey, finance committee chair, said.
This is because the borough refinanced its debt two years ago, restructured the health insurance deductibles and saved money on utilities, he said. The borough office also staffs less people, cutting down on costs.
The council approved transferring $469,000 of reserve funds to be used for a police car and radios ($69,000), a reserve fund for expenses related to the PennDOT project ($100,000) and other capital projects ($300,000).
The borough received a $200,000 COVID-19 grant, which will be allocated to the borough police department. The borough will then move what was budgeted for the police department to other projects.
There were “some” police expenses related to COVID-19, Borough Manager Chris McGann said, but not $200,000.
Will Schlosser, chair of the public safety committee, gave a presentation on COVID-19.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a rough ride here in December and January,” he said. With the current trends of increasingly high daily cases, he said hospitalizations will start to spike in mid-December and deaths will spike in mid-January.
“The points that are still to stress are making you emphasize masking, physical distance and commenting with people as well, because there’s a mental health component of this as well,” he said.
Council member David Brown resigned from council, leaving council to fill the vacancy. Any registered voter who has lived within the borough for at least one year is eligible to serve. The term will run through the end of 2021, where it will then be up for a two-year term in the 2021 election. Those interested should send a letter of interest to Borough Manager Chris McGann, 14 South Main Street, or email email@example.com by 3 p.m. Nov. 30.
The council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Mansfield Fire Hall to interview the candidates. The council will vote on a candidate during the Dec. 9 meeting.
The council recessed this meeting until 6 p.m. Dec. 2, where it will reconvene to interview the candidates for the vacant council seat.