Brookville, PA – Brookville council approved advertising its 2018 budget. The balanced $2.3 million spending plan does not include a tax increase in the borough’s general fund. But it does call for a .3 mill increase in the street light fund.

The lighting fund has dwindled in recent years from replacing a fair share of bulbs and globes, which can be expensive. The millage increase is expected to bring in an additional $26,000 in revenue. The budget will be adopted in December.

Council reviewed a resolution that would opt the borough out of permitting category 4 casinos to operate in the borough. Members were all in agreement that a small casino would bring additional jobs and revenue to the borough, but had questions regarding security and the potential for also bringing additional crime. Residents are asked to express their opinions on the matter, either pro or con, by coming to either of council’s next two meetings on December 5 and 19.

Police chief Jason Brown awarded officer Andrew Turnbull with a special citation for his recent work investigating drug trafficking that led to a major drug bust, involving the Jefferson County Drug Task Force. The investigation involved the shipment of crystal meth with a street value of $1.6 million.

In other business, council welcomed Brittaney Gray of Dubois as the borough’s newest part-time officer. Gray also works as a part-time officer in Sykesville.

Following an executive session, council also approved recruiting a new full-time administrative assistant for the police department at a rate of $12.50 an hour.

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