The next Kane borough budget will carry a tax rate increase, but it will be higher than the 1.5-mill hike called for in the tentative spending plan adopted last month.
How much higher?
The answer should be given Monday when the Kane Borough Council is expected to adopt a final budget for 2012.
Adoption of the budget is expected to take place during council's meeting Monday at 4 p.m. at the borough building along Bayard Street. The meeting is open to the public.
"With a heavy heart," Jason Barner has announced his resignation as the head varsity football coach at Kane Area High School.
The Kane School Board received his letter of resignation at its meeting Thursday at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
"I have many great memories from my years of coaching this sport and it will be missed a great deal," Barner said in his letter. "Being a part of this program for the last 16 years and seeing the program grow to new heights is a very special memory for me. Football has been a major part of my life as well as my family's lives."
Alleged incidents of child abuse and sexual abuseâ€”along with alleged cover-ups---recently have been linked with schools and universities in Pennsylvania.
In the Kane Area School District, all employees have the â€śobligationâ€ť to report suspected cases of abuse involving students. Failure to do so could lead to dismissal and possible criminal charges.
Dr. Maryann Anderson, superintendent of the school district, said all school employees are â€śmandatory reportersâ€ť of suspected abuse.
Wetmore Township again has a budget without an increase in property taxes.
Supervisors Ron Conklin, Steve Dyne and Bill Ryding acted Tuesday to adopt a 2012 budget that retains a tax rate of .65 mills. Owners of property within 780 feet of a fire hydrant pay an additional .35 mills for a total tax burden of 1 mill.
The budget calls for expenditures of $591,816. Revenues are listed at $531,598.
A projected $53,000 surplus at the end of this year will help close the budget gap, it was pointed out.
It appears certain that the 2012 Kane borough budget will carry a property tax increase.
How much of an increase? Thatâ€™s the million-dollar question.
The tentative budget calls for a modest 1.5-mill increase. However, discussion at two budget workshops indicates that council may be ready to support an even higher tax increase.
Councilwoman Janet Bard already has announced she favors a 5-mill tax increase that would, in part, provide funding for necessary repairs for some of the deteriorating streets in the borough. No other council members have endorsed her hefty tax hike.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The tentative 2012 budget for Mt. Jewett calls for a one-mill increase in the tax rate to help pay for a full-time police officer.
The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to endorse the proposed spending plan.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Chip Lannen, Brett Morgan, Wil Antrim and Don Martyna to approve the tentative budget. Councilmen John Keesee did not attend the meeting.
The generosity of the Kane area community is shining bright in this Christmas season despite gloomy economic conditions.
With just four weeks remaining in the annual Kane Area United Fund campaign, area residents and businesses have made donations that total 70 percent of the goal of $35,000.
Donations collected during the annual United Fund drive go to 18 community-service organizations.
Without the United Fund assistance, some of these organizations would need to eliminate or reduce the services they provide.
Now the family knows the whole story.
Relatives of Army Cpl. Ralph E. â€śDutchâ€ť Bradybaugh of Kane knew this soldier was killed in action during the â€śBattle of the Bulgeâ€ť in Bastogne, Belgium on Jan. 3, 1945â€”just four months before Germany surrendered to end World War II.
What they didnâ€™t know until 66 years later is that Bradybaugh died as a hero by saving the life of his best friend and fellow soldier, Alfred M. Percival of Milan, Ohio.
This revelation surfaced last summer when Al Percival Jr. of Berlin Heights, Ohio made contact with Joan Bizzak of Kane. Bradybaugh was her uncle.
KANE â€“ Joseph William Chapman was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' this week. Authorities have been seeking the fugitive, who is wanted on charges of rape and sexual assault of minors, since he escaped from the McKean County prison on July 30, 2007, after walking away from a work detail. His prison uniform was found by a nearby stream, but he has eluded authorities and is now wanted on escape charges in addition to other charges against him.
Kane Police Chief Brian Hillard met Thursday with the borough council to explain expenses in the proposed 2012 police budget and how he is attempting to make cuts.
The discussion on the Police Department budget took up most of the 105-minute workshop at the borough building along Bayard Street.
Another budget workshop is tentatively planned for next Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the borough building. The forum is open to the public.