By Kaylee Lindenmuth
FRACKVILLE - No tax increase for residents of the "Mountain City" for 2018, as Frackville has approved its 2018 budget at a special meeting on Friday.
The tax rate remains at 17.08 mills, while the borough remains with a balanced budget, according to council.
"Total expenditures, $2,090,204, revenues is $2,090,204, so the budget is balanced," said council president Ron Jordan prior to the vote on the matter.
Also approved was an amendment to the borough's parking ordinance, adding a no parking zone to the west side of North Lehigh Avenue in the area of Catawissa Street, where a Family Dollar store will be built in the near future.
According to the ordinance, parking will be prohibited at all times on the west side of North Lehigh "beginning 75 feet from the intersection of North Lehigh Avenue and Catawissa Street and extending southwardly 165 feet, more or less."
"(Family Dollar) bought property out behind Malinchok (insurance), across from Miller's, and they're going to put a Family Dollar store in," Jordan explained after the meeting. "What they needed was an ordinance for the parking to be changed for entering and regressing onto (924). That's really what it is, that was our play in the whole thing."
Also approved at the meeting was the use of an on-call part-time road worker for snow storms, paid at the rate of $10 an hour.