York City Council OKs lower sewer-rate increase

Jason Addy

In front of an empty room, the York City Council breezed through Tuesday night's meeting, finalizing a reduction of the sewer-rate increase and introducing an ordinance to fund the city treasurer’s office.

City residents will  pay $9.10 per 1,000 gallons of water used, instead of the $9.15 rate approved during budget negotiations in December.


York City lowers 2017 sewer-rate increase

“This reflects the savings that the administration did find so that we could reduce the amount of the sewer-fee increase from 4.6 down to 4.1 percent,” York City Council President Michael Helfrich said.

All residents and commercial entities in the city must pay a minimum of $18 per month for service, which entitles each customer to use 1,978 gallons of water.

The council introduced a bill to adjust the treasurer’s budget by adding $71,313 in projected 2017 revenue and $70,396 in projected expenditures for the year.

The city’s 2017 budget was finalized in December without enough money budgeted for the treasurer’s office to send out its first round of real estate tax bills at the beginning of January.

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York City Mayor Kim Bracey’s administration is trying to encourage the city treasurer’s office to consolidate its tax- collection services with the county. York City Treasurer Joe Jefcoat said in December that he feels the lack of money for his office was meant to force his hand.

The York City Council will discuss a potential consolidation with the county at its committee meeting  Jan. 25. The council also will publicly interview two candidates for the position of York City controller at that meeting.

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On Tuesday, the council also approved four re-appointments and one appointment to various volunteer boards in the city. They include:

  • John Fox and Mark Shermeyer, re-appointed to the Historical Architectural Review Board.
  • Patricia Kehr, re-appointed to the York City Civil Service Board.
  • Robert Pullo, re-appointed to the York City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority.
  • Clair Anderson, appointed to the York City Human Relations Commission.

At 15 minutes long, Helfrich said the meeting might have been one of the quickest “in the modern history of York City Council,” though city clerk Dianna Thompson-Mitchell said the record for the shortest council meeting is 12 minutes.

Business in a Box: The York City Council will host an introductory session for Business in a Box at 6:30 p.m. Friday in council chambers. The session is open to York City residents looking for guidance in turning an idea into a profitable business, said Dwight Smith, creator of the program.

After three introductory sessions, the Business in a Box program will accept up to 40 individuals for a 16-week crash course on how to plan, launch and grow their ideas into a living, Smith said.

The course will be free for those accepted into the program, Smith said.

Anyone interested in attending an introductory session should contact Deb Painter, office coordinator for the city's Bureau of Housing Services, at 717-849-2264 or Dwight Smith at 717-224-3898.