BLOSSBURG — The borough here adopted a proposed budget, which keeps all tax millage the same except for the library.
The council adopted the 2021 budget at the Oct. 14 meeting. It sets revenues at $963,369.46 and expenditures at $963,311.69.
The real estate tax millage allots 6.807 mills to the borough, 0.568 mills for fire service and 0.5 mills for the library. That’s the only change from 2020, when the library millage was set at 0.25 mills. These are the same rates as in 2019.
The council will vote on the final adoption of the budget at either the November or the December meeting.
The council issued guidance to Blossburg residents who are planning to celebrate Halloween from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Borough officials urge residents not to participate if they have a household or family member who is at a high risk of complications from COVID-19 or if feeling ill. The borough office will have free masks, gloves and sanitizer available for residents.
Those wishing to distribute treats should turn on a porch light. Council recommends that people distribute candy to the trick-or-treaters or have individual bags for trick-or-treaters. Those households that are choosing not to distribute treats should turn off the porch light.
Residents are also urged to limit trick-or-treating to their immediate community wear masks and observe social distance guidelines. Use hand sanitizer frequently and do not reach into a bowl or container to remove candy.
The borough is also establishing trunk-or-treat zones along Morris Street and Carpenter Street. Participants should arrive by 5:30 p.m. to set up.
The borough will set out lighted orange pumpkin luminaries along high traffic trick-or-treat routes to remind people to socially distance and alert motorists to slow down and watch for children.
In other business, council reported that plans for Small Town Christmas are still moving forward.
The parts for the electric vehicle charging station have been delivered and will be installed soon.