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December 15th

DUI case is bound over to court

December 16, 2011

Charges against a Kane man who is accused of driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana have been bound over to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing earlier this week.
Charles Henry Sherwood, 47, of 117 Welsh St., Kane, appeared at the hearing before Acting Kane District Court Judge Michael Fedora.
The defendant is accused of operating a green 1995 Ford Explorer while under the influence of marijuana, according to court documents.

Mt. Jewett man charged with sexual assault

December 16, 2011

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Mt. Jewett man who is charged with seven felony counts linked with an alleged sexual assault involving a girl who was 13 years old at the time.
Roger Merle Crate II, 21, of 24 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, is accused of having sexual contact with the girl between Nov. 28, 2009 and March 30 of this year.
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2011 edition of The Kane Republican for more.

More improvements are planned at Evergreen Park

December 16, 2011

More improvements are being planned for Evergreen Park in Kane.
The “Friends of Evergreen Park” group has been concentrating its efforts on repairing the wooden Creative Playland, which had been targeted for demolition.
The organization is widening its scope to include improvements to other area of the park.
“It’s a great park,” Dick Bly, president of the “Friends of Evergreen Park,” told the Kane Borough Council earlier this week. “We want to make it better.”

December 13th

1 commissioner opposes hike in county tax rate

December 14, 2011

SMETHPORT – Outgoing McKean County Commissioner Judy Church said Tuesday that she won't support a 2012 county budget that calls for a half-mill increase in the property tax rate.
The budget proposed last week calls for raising the county property tax rate from 8.25 mills to 8.75 mills.
"Unfortunately, the budget will require a property tax increase," County Commissioners Joe DeMott and Al Pingie said in a statement that accompanies the proposed budget. The tentative spending plan is on public display at the county courthouse in Smethport.

County treasurer's office now accepts credit cards

December 14, 2011

SMETHPORT – "I think it's going to work fine."
That's how McKean County Treasurer Nancy Evans describes a new program on the acceptance of credit and debit cards for payments at the county treasurer's office in Smethport.
Under the new program, the treasurer's office will accept "plastic" for virtually every payment such as county property taxes and per capita tax. The office even will accept credit cards for the purchase of dog licenses, fishing licenses and hunting licenses.
In some cases, a "convenience fee" is added to the payment.

Mt. Jewett sewer budget shows no hike in rate

December 14, 2011

MT. JEWETT – The Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to adopt a 2012 budget that retains the same sewer rates.
Chairman Patrick McGuire joined with authority members Mike Wennerstrom, Larry Ross, Scott Hungiville and Brett Morgan to approve the budget that carries for $139,738 in expenditures. Ron McElroy, the sixth member of the board, did not attend the meeting.

December 12th

Kane council votes 4-3 for budget with 3-mill tax hike

December 13, 2011

The Kane Borough Council voted 4-3 Monday to adopt a 2012 budget that carries a 3-mill increase in the property tax rate.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwoman Janet Bard and Councilmen Jim Salvamoser and Mike Merry to endorse the tax hike. Councilwoman Holly Harris and Councilmen John Gentilman and Dennis Drost cast the negative votes.
The increase of nearly 28 percent in the tax rate is believed to be one of the highest in Kane history and comes at a time when the area is facing double-digit unemployment and decreasing population.

Route 6 traffic accident kills 1, injures 5

December 13, 2011

A two-vehicle traffic accident on Route 6 east of Kane Monday afternoon killed one person and injured five.
One passenger, Bertha M. Ginnery, age 80, died in the crash as Thomas A. Ginnery, age 76, of Oil City, was reportedly driving the green 1995 GMC Safari van.
According to police, the accident involved the van traveling eastbound and a westbound blue 2007 Ford Explorer.
Police said the van "for unknown reasons" crossed the double yellow center lines and entered the westbound lane of travel and into the path of the westbound vehicle.

December 11th

School board agrees to keep tax rate under limit

December 12, 2011

The Kane School Board again has agreed to stay beneath a state-set limit should it need to raise property taxes for the 2012-13 budget.
Acting at its meeting Thursday, the school board voted 9-0 to go on record in favor of holding a tax hike below 2.6 percent.
This is the state-formulated “index” for Kane.
By agreeing to stay beneath the “index,” the school board enables the administration to move ahead with budget preparation plans under its normal timetable.

December 9th

Protest brewing against proposed Kane tax hike

December 10, 2011

Public opposition appears to be building against what some say is the largest property tax increase ever proposed in the borough of Kane.
One plan discussed Thursday by the Kane Borough Council calls for boosting the tax rate by 4 mills—a 34-percent increase over the current level of 7.875 mills.
One “compromise” plan calls for a 3-mill tax increase and the elimination of a Kane police officer.
Each mill generates about $36,000 in tax revenue.

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