CLARION - As it has for several years, Knox Borough Council Oct. 4 agreed to hold its 2022 real estate tax level at 10 mills, and will continue budget planning into November.
A tentative budget is expected to be approved for advertising at council's Nov. 1 meeting.
Knox Borough Secretary Sharon Heeter said the borough came through 2021 "pretty much" on budget and no major unusual expenses are expected in 2022.
Council also approved 4 percent raises for borough full-time employees effective Jan. 1, 2022.
In other business, Knox Borough council:
4Referred complaints about a borough resident parking in an alley and blocking traffic, parking on the sidewalk and making unreasonable noise to police chief Nicole Bauer.
4Approved the hiring of Justin Swartzfager as a Knox Borough Police patrol officer. Swartzfager's starting wage will be $17 per hour effective Oct. 11.
4Discussed selling a property along Petrolia Street (known as the former Boy Scout hall) to the Knox Area Ambulance Service in exchange for $1.
The ambulance service is considering moving its station to the location.
The ambulance company is researching what its costs would be to make the move and build a garage for the ambulances.
Knox Borough Council also wants a clause requiring the property to be returned to borough ownership if it is not used as an ambulance station.
4Set 2021 Halloween Trick or Treat Hours for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Anyone welcoming trick-or-treaters should leave their porch lights on.