Brookville, PA – Brookville Council introduced the borough’s preliminary budget for next year with no tax increases.

Finance committee chair Karen Allgeier credited borough manager Dana Schreckengost and police chief Vince Markle with finding ways to save money.

The budget includes funding for a second full-time school police officer at Hickory Grove Elementary School and part-time officer at Pine Creek and Northside.

Also included is funding for a new patrol car and updated tasers. The budget will be approved and advertised in two weeks.

Listen to the report from John Pozza.

Council approved applying for $11,000 in additional liquid fuels money from the county to go with a short-term low interest loan to help pay for a new dump truck for the street department. The truck is estimated to cost about $116,000.

Council also amended its previous action to demolish a vacant condemned house on Jenks Street near the high school. The property will instead go to a judicial sale in March or April. A possible purchase then would be clear of any liens and allow it to stay on the tax rolls. If there are no takers, the borough will proceed with demolition at that time.

Mayor Dick Beck presented Part-time Police Officer Mark Humes with a special citation recognizing Humes for his 33 years of service to the borough. Humes also works as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy.