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November 15, 2012

Westmont plans no tax increases

Council honors organization founder

JOHNSTOWN — Westmont Borough Council on Tuesday approved a tentative budget for 2013 that retains the current tax structure. Council members also recognized a Westmont man for his contributions to the community.

The spending plan of a little over $3 million is a slight increase from this year’s

$2.9 million budget. The council is expected to vote on adoption at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Mayor Robert J. Callahan said good management by borough administrators and the hard work of employees enabled council to hold the line on taxes.

Fees for sewage and garbage will remain the same under the 2013 budget, he said.

The last real-estate tax increase in the borough was in 2011, when the millage was increased by one mill to 21.

Council presented the Pride of Westmont award to James Greco for working to improve the community.

Greco was recognized for his role as founder of Cost Effective Approaches Supporting Education, or CEASE, a citizens group working to accomplish what its name implies, Callahan said.

Greco has been active in a number of capacities in the community, including as a Westmont councilman. Among his current posts is chairman of the Cambria Somerset Authority.

Greco said it was nice of council to recognize the efforts of CEASE.

“I’m just one of 400 members,” he said.

Council’s gesture shows that CEASE is getting the recognition that is needs to continue working to support cost-effective ideas that promote quality education, he said.

Council reappointed Brian Chirillo and Jack Scott to four-year terms on the Westmont Borough Planning Commission. Their new terms will expire Nov. 12, 2016.


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