Reminder: There are a lot of dangerous icicles developing on both rental and owner-occupied homes. Please remove icicles from properties to prevent damage to structures, homeowners and pedestrians.
On Monday February 1, 2021, The Bellefonte Borough Council voted to suspend/ put on hold the new large vehicle/RV parking restrictions that apply to “on property” only. The portion of the ordinance that restricts “on street” parking is still in effect. Council is reviewing the ordinance and is considering modifications to the on property section at this time. If there are any questions please call the Borough Office at (814)355-1501.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
As President of Borough Council, I am speaking to our residents, neighbors, and visitors on behalf of Bellefonte Borough Council members and Bellefonte Borough Management.
On January 6, as a nation, we all witnessed with disbelief when, what should have been a peaceful protest, turned into an unlawful riot, resulting in destruction, unlawful entry, injury, and death. Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones and the families who had loved ones injured. Our prayers go out to every citizen of the United States to reunite. If there must be protests, they must be peaceful.
Unlawful actions that we saw last week should not be occurring in the United States of America and have no place in Bellefonte Borough. Remember that both spoken and written words affect the actions of others as they can inspire or incite. Vandalism occurred in Bellefonte in the wake of the Capitol riot. It was heart-lifting to see our community members come together to repaint a vandalized Pride Flag mural in downtown Bellefonte. We thank you for your display of respect and sense of community.
We now hear of possible protests being planned throughout the country during the inauguration of Joe Biden as our 46th President. While we support a citizen’s right to protest peacefully, we do not support events that cause injury to others or the destruction of property.
Our responsibility as elected officials is to support Federal, State, and local laws enacted to protect our residents, businesses, and properties. This Borough Council has given the Bellefonte Police Department the direction that should a peaceful protest occurring here in town turn into unlawful acts, the police will deal with it according to the law. The Bellefonte Police Department will use every resource available to ensure our community’s safety during any lawful-peaceful protest. For the safety of protest participants and property protection, all Local, State, and Federal laws will be enforced, and those involved will be dealt with accordingly.
Our Police Department has the authority to call in whatever support is needed to maintain peace. Any resident who hears of or sees any suspicious or inappropriate activity is always encouraged to contact the Bellefonte Police Department at the non-emergency number 814-355-2320, or in an emergency, call 911. Doing this could keep you, your family, and your friends safe from harm.
Please stay safe and help keep Bellefonte peaceful and protected.
President, Bellefonte Borough Council
Bellefonte Borough is seeking volunteers interested in plowing snow (with a small 4-wheeler) or utilizing their snow blower to help maintain the figure-eight walking path in Talleyrand Park in addition to clearing the sidewalk along the Waterfront during snow events. This would be totally on a volunteer basis with no time constraints. Anyone interested may contact either Ralph Stewart or Don Holderman at the Borough. The number to reach them is 355-1501 (Ralph extension 214) (Don extension 215).
The public works crews have started the process of taking out the Red meters. We will be changing these areas to on-street permit parking by March 1st, 2021. People can still park in these areas (for free) until March 1st. After March 1st, 2021 a permit will need be required. Please contact the borough with any questions or bellefonte.net.
At the December 7, 2020, Council meeting, a resolution was approved regarding mask-wearing.
To view the resolution click HERE.
Click Here to view the Borough’s proposed amendments to Chapter 530 Section 41 Campers, Motor Homes and Recreational Vehicles ordinance that is to be approved at the November 16, 2020 Council Meeting.
Bellefonte Borough officials and staff will conduct Council meetings telephonically or otherwise electronically. The Borough will not make available any physical location from which members of the public may observe the meeting and offer public comment. Below you will find information on how to offer public comment on agenda items and how to watch the meeting.
The Council Meeting Agenda will be posted on the Borough’s website at www.bellefonte.net no later than 4:30PM EST Friday prior to this Tuesday’s evening meeting.
E-MAIL PUBLIC COMMENT–You may submit your public comments via email to [email protected] with the subject “Public Comment”. You must include your name, address and the agenda item. Emails received by 3:30PM EST will be compiled and entered into the public record during the public comment period.
LETTER FORM PUBLIC COMMENT–You may also drop off, in letter form, public comments by putting the letter in our mail slot in our entrance door at 236 West Lamb Street by 3:30PM EST the day of the meeting. You must include your name, address and the agenda item.
REQUEST TO SPEAK-PUBLIC COMMENT–To make a comment during a public hearing, a request to speak must be emailed or put in letter form to the above addresses also by 3:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. Include name, address, phone number and the agenda item. At the time for public comment, the speaker will be called by the Borough and placed on a speaker.
A mill equals 1/1000 of the US dollar, or expressed as a decimal = .001 dollars.
So, if the Assessed Value of all taxable real estate in your municipality amounts to $10,876,234, and your real estate millage rate is 5.0, you would calculate the tax levy as follows:
5.0*.001 = .005
.005*$10,876,234 = $54,381.17
Often you hear people ask: What’s a mill worth in your municipality? To calculate what a mill is worth, simply multiply your municipality’s assessed value by .001. In the example above, one mill is worth $10,876.23.
So where do you go to find out the taxable assessed value of all real estate in your municipality? All counties in Pennsylvania keep this information. Near the end of each year, they produce a “book” which lists all of the property owners by parcel along with the assessed value for each. This book is known as the tax duplicate and is used by your tax collector to prepare the annual tax bills for each property. Real estate bills are paid throughout the year and at various rates. There is a discount period at the beginning of the year followed by the flat rate period then the penalty period. If the bill is not paid by the end of the year, the Tax Collector is required to lien the property. During the year, interim assessment are made as a result of new construction.
With all these discounts, penalties, liens and interim assessments, how do you determine the amount of real estate taxes that will actually be collected?
A simple way to do this is to tract the collection rate over the past few years to determine the average amount collected as a percentage of the original levy (duplicate * tax rate). Then apply this percentage to the current year levy and use the result as the amount budgeted.