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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Jan. 19, 1961, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 1/15/20

Borough council reduces tax rate on real estate

Middletown Borough Council this week set the pace for the reduction of the tax levy on real estate.

Recognizing the increased evaluation made …

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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Jan. 19, 1961, edition of the Press & Journal


Borough council reduces tax rate on real estate

Middletown Borough Council this week set the pace for the reduction of the tax levy on real estate.

Recognizing the increased evaluation made possible by the reassessment program throughout Dauphin County, council lowered the borough’s real estate rate from 5 to 2.6 mills.

Property owners now look forward to similar action on the part of the Middletown School Board.

Questioned by the Press & Journal yesterday, Superintendent of Schools George W. Feaser said the local school directors are definitely contemplating a lower millage to parallel that of borough council.

The existing school tax on real estate is 50 mills.

Feaser said a reduction will be acted on at a future meeting because school districts are restricted by law as to the amount of revenue it may realize by taxation. Currently, this would be 10 percent of the amount of money derived from the 50-mill levy.

In addition to this week’s tax levy revision action, borough council put its stamp of approval on the 1961 budget, which calls for the expenditure of $586,030. The breakdown of the 1961 budget follows:

• General fund, administration and tax collection, $34,400.

• Borough buildings, $23,246.

• Police Department, $49,950.

• Communications, $17,200.

• Health and sanitation, $38,400.

• Fire protection, $16,238.

• Highway Department, $88,400.

• Library, $750.

• Parks and Recreation, $16,200.

• Electrical Department, $286,292.

• Miscellaneous, $33,000.

• Water Fund receipts, $154,000; expenses, $148,950.

• Sewer Fund receipts, $142,000; expenditures, $133,700.

New elementary school in 1st Ward to cost $250,000 

Allocation of room assignments for the new First Ward Elementary School, which will replace the condemned Wood Street Building, were received this week by Superintendent George W. Feaser from the State Department of Public Instruction.

Estimated cost of the new elementary school is $250,000.

Target date for occupancy and use is September 1963. Facilities will parallel those of the new Northumberland School in Royalton but will include more classrooms due to a larger projected enrollment.

Feaser said the school will include eight classrooms.

Other facilities are a multipurpose room of 155 square feet excluding area for a stage and a kitchenette, a principal’s curriculum and materials room, office, music room, health room, storage area, teacher’s room and a conference room.

The new school will be constructed in the area bounded by Witherspoon Avenue, Wood and Ann streets and Fisher Avenue.

Private dwellings now located in that area will be razed to provide sufficient space to meet state requirements, according to the school district.

Air Force asks $1.6 million for Olmsted base projects

The Air Force plans to spend $1,639,000 on construction at Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown, it was announced from the nation’s capital Monday.

Rep. Walter M. Mumma said the funds were requested in the Defense Department’s military construction authorization bill sent to Congress. A total expenditure of $823,137,000 is involved.

Of that, $7,298,000 in defense construction was earmarked for projects in Pennsylvania. The budget Olmsted Base requests will be outlined in detail to Congress in about two weeks, a Pentagon spokesman said, the explanations going to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

Preliminary description of the Olmsted project calls for operational and maintenance facilities. In addition, the Air National Guard has plans for a $300,000 training facility for a unit at Olmsted.

Raiders trim Falcons 89-48 to set game scoring mark

Russ Trimmer's Blue Raiders may not win the first half bunting of the Capital Area Conference but they're doing everything possible to keep the pressure on against pace-setting Hershey.

In Tuesday night's competition, the Raiders set a conference scoring record for a single game when they blasted Lower Dauphin's Falcons out of the sky by a lopsided score of 89-48. On the same night, the first-place Hershey Trojans were hard pressed to keep their unblemished record clean as the Palmyra Palms held the Chocolatetown team to a slim 2-point victory. Hershey managed to eke out a 35-33 win.

Middletown's last hope to pull even with Hershey must materialize tomorrow night as the Raiders entertain Cumberland Valley and Mechanicsburg travels to Hershey.

This week’s affair at Lower Dauphin was strictly no contest as Trimmer's crew trimmed the Falcons in their own nest. Getting off to a 22-12 lead in the first quarter, Middletown kept the pressure applied in the second to lead at intermission, 46-23.

The Falcons had their best show in the third as they outpointed the Raiders, 18-14. This advantage evaporated in the final quarter as Middletown again scored from all angles to dump 29 points as compared to Lower Dauphin's mere 8.

Trimmer had nary a worry as eight of his nine players to see action all shared in the harvest of 89 points. Pacing Middletown offensively were Terry Eberly (24 points), Snavely (13), DiGiacinto (23) and Stewart (12).

Just to make it a perfect night, the Middletown JV triumphed in the preliminary game by defeating the Lower Dauphin understudies, 63-30.

Hot buys

• Wilson regulation size baseball fielder’s glove, regularly $19, for two days only $8.99. Kern’s Sporting Goods, 141 S. Union St., Middletown.

• Window shades, cloth and plastic, $1.39. Kentile floor covering, 10 cents per block. Printed linoleum rugs, 9 by 12 feet, $5.95. Aluminum doors, $27.95, and windows, $12.95. Weirich’s Hardware, 215 S. Union St., Middletown

• Adult haircuts, 85 cents. Children under 12, 75 cents. Ranks Barber Shop, 210 S. Catherine St., Middletown.

• Boys sweaters, $2. Greenberg’s, 133 S. Union St., Middletown.

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