No tax hike in Sunbury, higher starting wages | Local News


SUNBURY – Residents of Sunbury will not see a tax increase in 2022 and the city also voted to increase minimum starting wages for full and part-time employees while balancing a budget at the meeting of the Monday advice.

Sunbury Mayor Kurt Karlovich was able to get his suggested starting salary of $ 14.50 an hour for full-time employees and $ 13.50 an hour for part-time employees adopted by council with a 5-0 vote Monday night.

Karlovich made the proposal to council members last month and said the move would help improve the city’s chances of hiring people and give pay increases to two full-time and 12 part-time employees. ‘next year.

City councilor Josh Brosious, who will take office as mayor in January after winning the seat last week, said he was thrilled for the employees and agreed with Karlovich it was time to increase the starting minimum wage.

City Treasurer Kevin Troup also said the city would not have to raise taxes and was in good financial health since the first reading of the proposed $ 4.4 million budget passed unanimously. .

Karlovich also wanted attorney Joel Wiest to explain the process for filling the soon-to-vacant seat of Brosious, who will be sworn in as mayor on January 3.

Wiest explained that the council would have 30 days to appoint the post, or that it would be up to Northumberland County President Judge Charles Saylor to make the appointment.

Wiest said he would recommend that council begin the process of accepting letters of interest from residents interested in the seat.

City resident Victoria Rosancrans, who was narrowly beaten last week by incumbent Rick Reichner for one of the two open seats, said she was considering applying for the seat.

“I have devoted a lot of time and energy to my campaign and will be making a decision in the coming weeks regarding my interest in the vacant seat,” said Rosancrans. “I appreciate all the support I have received from the citizens. I was delighted that Mayor Kurt Karlovich and the city council took the time to discuss and explain the process of filing the remaining two years for the seat . “

Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare said his department has nine officers who have handled 7,350 calls so far this year. Hare said the department had also undergone vigorous training in all aspects of law enforcement over the past year.

The council also announced that free parking in the city will begin on November 24 and run until January 2.

The council will meet again on November 22 at 6:15 p.m. inside City Hall on Market Street.

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