Acting on the same day the county-borough tax bills arrived in the mail, the Kane Borough Council voted 5-0 Wednesday to adopt a "final" 2012 budget that carries a 1.5-mill increase in borough property taxes.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Dennis Drost and Bill Tunall to endorse a "revised" tentative budget adopted last month.
Councilman John Gentilman did not attend the meeting, but has previously cast ballots against any tax hike.
Harold Hallberg has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Kane Borough Council.
The council voted 5-0 Wednesday to pick Hallberg to replace the late Councilman Jim Salvamoser, who died unexpectedly in December. The Kane Chamber of Commerce honored Salvamoser last week as its "citizen-of-the-year."
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Holly Harris and Janet Bard and Councilmen Dennis Drost and Bill Tunall to approve Hallberg for the council seat. Councilman John Gentilman did not attend the meeting at the borough building along Bayard Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
"When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn't get â€” not in North Hills," said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. "We always hope for more winter and snow so we could play outside."