Montrose Boro taxpayers to see 4 mill increase

Montrose Borough Council will see an increase in their property tax bills in coming year. Council set the 2020 millage at 16 mills, an increase of 4 mills over this year.

Council voted to adopt the tax ordinance and the 2020 budget at the Monday, Dec. 2, meeting.

The borough’s total anticipated revenue for 2020 is $1,114,245, with budgeted expenses at $1,088,280, leaving about $26,000 for unanticipated costs.

Real estate taxes are expected to generate over $450,000 in revenue, with the Earned Income Tax adding $320,000 to the borough.

Police protection, including salaries of officers, costs the borough over $250,000; and public safety, which includes a $37,000 contribution to United Fire Company, totals over $77,000 for 2020.

The borough has also earmarked $100,000 for road construction and rebuilding, with $80,000 allocated for paving/ contracted services; and $16,000 is marked for snow and ice removal, with the bulk of that money going for the purchase of salt and cinders.

Motorists need to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks.

That was the message delivered by the council as members discussed numerous incidents of drivers ignoring the crosswalk.

Pennsylvania law provides pedestrians with the right-of-way while “crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” Drivers that violate the law are subject to a fine.

Council asked the Montrose Borough Police Department to start ticketing those drivers “more vigorously,” according to Council President Sean Granahan.

In other business:

*Council tabled the approval of a proposed contract with JHA due to increased rates.

*Payments of the mayor’s salary and council members’ salaries were approved

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