Hellertown Borough Council approved the 2013 budget during its Dec. 3 meeting. The budget will see taxes raised by 1 mill to 20.25 mills.
The tax increase would generate approximately $129,000 in revenue. For borough property owners, the tax hike means property assessed at $50,000 will see an increase of $50.
Saucon Valley School District Superintendent Sandra Fellin announced during the board's Nov. 13 meeting she is abandoning a plan that would have changed the graduation requirements for Saucon Valley HS students.
Saucon Valley High School Principal Eric Kahler presented to school board members, teachers and parents proposed graduation changes at the board's Oct. 23 meeting.
The changes, which were not well received by those in attendance, will see graduation credit requirements go from 28 credits to 26 credits. The changes will allow students greater leeway in earning 17 credits in core subjects. Also, Advanced Placement classes will receive greater weight than honors courses when calculating grade point averages.
Hellertown resident Joe Delfoe is not satisfied with Act 73.
"What you have here is not the authority," Delfoe told borough council Oct. 15
Delfoe wants to "sit down and get things settled."
Act 73 specifically prohibits any loans, grants or expenditures of an authority to be used for purposes outside the mission of the authority. Examples include expenditures unrelated to the infrastructure customers are paying for, as well as the transfer of monies to the incorporating municipality.
Hellertown Historical Society president Earl Hill asked borough council Oct. 15 to make what he argued are necessary changes to the Pony Bridge.
Hill's request involves extending a three-foot drainage pipe near the bridge, which would help to eliminate a larger drainage ditch that has become troublesome and dangerous to maintain.
"It's just a disaster for everyone," Hill said. "I just don't want anyone getting hurt."
The pipe, Hill said, would need to be extended 20 to 25 feet.