It was announced there is a proposed tax increase in the 2018 budget which was authorized to be advertised at the Dec. 4, 2017 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
Gretchen Naso, a principal officer from RKL LCC, briefed the Lehigh County Commissioners about a five-year financial forecasting model developed for aid in future planning.
Naso’s plan presented at the Nov. 21 meeting of the Lehigh County Commissioners, analyzed Lehigh County’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may impact the future.
“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable,” Naso said.
Emmaus Borough Council voted 7-0 in favor of a first reading to raise taxes for the fiscal year of 2018.
The proposed ordinance will raise taxes by 5.9715 mills, which is an increase of last year’s 5.5065 mills. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. The 5.9715 mills will be split between a general tax fund of 4.8754 and a fire fund tax of 1.0961.
Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 meeting noon at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown. Program begins 1 p.m. with the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra. Guests and non-members are welcome. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Allentown Food Bank. For information, call 610-437-4265.
AARP Chapter #4150 Christmas party noon in the community room of the Lower Macungie Library, 3450 Brookside Road. Guests are welcome. Tickets are required for the Christmas party. For more information, call 610-285-4563.
The Macungie Fire Department will begin training with the Lower Macungie Fire Department effective Jan. 1, 2018. This was reported incorrectly in the Nov. 29 issue of The Press article regarding the Macungie Borough Council meeting. The Press apologizes for the error.
Every year, orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa asks his referring dentists to take the challenge of decorating a pumpkin for a patient at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest. This year’s event was called Ai Funny Fall Faces 2017.
Every year, the dentist offices respond with even more creative pumpkin designs than the year before.
This year was no exception with 50 decorated pumpkins returning to Ai Orthodontics for a judging contest in the office, on social media and with a number of local judges.