Athens council to advertise tax ordinance
The Athens Borough Council voted to advertise an ordinance setting the borough's 2013 tax rate during a brief meeting Wednesday.
The tax millage for 2013 is proposed at 18 mills, unchanged from 2012's level despite a significant reduction in tax revenues. Council members said at a budget presentation in October that adjustments to the proposed $2,275,927 budget were made to compensate for a reduction in real estate tax revenues due to last year's flood.
The council is scheduled to vote on the tax rate ordinance and the 2013 budget at its December meeting.
Council members also agreed Wednesday to extend the borough's lease agreement with Jay Carpet One and Jay Furniture through the end of 2012. The stores have leased the borough-owned former Ingersoll-Rand Clubhouse building on Satterlee Street while their flood-damaged location on South Main Street is remodeled.
A group of Cornell University students that recently presented preliminary planning ideas to members of Futurescapes, the borough's long-term recovery organization, will present their final suggestions at a community meeting next month, said councilman Scott Riley.
The students, from Cornell's Department of City and Regional Planning, suggested measures such as a riverfront trail, pedestrian promenade, zoning code alterations and flood-resistant development techniques in a presentation to Futurescapes board members last week.
The community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Athens Area High School, Riley said.
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