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A $5.4 million budget was approved Monday by New Wilmington Borough Council. 

Councilman John Geidner presented the spending plan which projects revenues of $5,360,800 and expenses of $5,347,800.

“We’re projecting a $13,000 surplus,” Geidner said.

He noted that he anticipates the borough will end the current year with a $65,000 deficit.

“We won’t know (the exact figure) until January when we have all of the bills and revenues,” he said.

The borough, one of 33 municipalities in Pennsylvania that operates its own electric utility, does not impose a property tax. He also noted that it has been several years since electric rates were increased.

The budget was approved by a 4-0 vote with Geidner, councilwoman Katanya Cathcart, Council president Jon Welker  and councilman John Miller, via telephone.

Absent were council members Renee Hartwell and Rob Coulter. Council member Morgan Boyd earlier this month resigned his position after winning the office of Lawrence County commissioner.

Geidner added that the budget, proposed at council’s Dec. 2 meeting, had been on display at the borough building since then but no one asked to inspect the document.

That meeting was recessed and reconvened last night.

Council also accepted a three-year contract with Tri-County Industries of Grove City to collect garbage and recycling. The $268,982 bid was the lower of two received and included a hazardous waste option. Under that option, Tri-County will pick up tires, paint cans, electronics and computers under the contract.

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Nancy Lowry is a former reporter at the New Castle News, retiring Dec. 31, 2019, after many years covering government, school boards and writing feature stories.

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