LAFLIN – Borough council, at a special meeting early Saturday morning, officially approved a tax increase for 2012.
The increase in the real estate tax was set at .2834 mills. The increase equates to roughly a $30-$35 tax increase on a property assessed at $100,000. A mill is a $1 tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.
Officials adopted the increase to make up for the $44,405 deficit the borough faced from 2011.
After the formal increase was read by solicitor Samuel M. Sanguedolce and approved by council members, Mayor Dorothy Yazurlo commented that she has received "very little negative feedback" regarding the increase and that "the community seems willing to pay as long as they have the 24-hour police coverage."
Police protection is among the largest expenses within the borough, and one of the primary reasons for the increase is to fund that 24/7 coverage, which features three full-time and seven part-time officers.
Last month, Laflin borough lost out on a police contract from neighboring Yatesville borough, which had paid Laflin $32,000 annually for coverage. Jenkins Township now is providing police coverage to Yatesville.
In other new business, council passed a motion to take out a tax anticipation note for $150,000. A tax anticipation note is a short-term loan to help municipalities pay expenses until tax revenue comes in.