Stoystown council appoints new member, keeps taxes steady
Stoystown Borough Council members have recalled a peer from the past to help fill an immediate vacancy.
Council members appointed former Vice President Barry Boyer to fill the vacant position left by former council member Kelly Weigle. Boyer will serve through 2019 but will need to run again to fulfill Weigle’s term, which concludes in 2021.
Boyer originally declined to run after his term expired in 2018. Boyer still volunteered in the community even after his term expired.
“I was born and raised here, (and) went to school here,” he said. “I spent six or seven years on the council already. . . . I still want to give back to the community.”
No other residents attended Tuesday’s meeting.
Council President Colleen Dawson said Weigle’s term continues for three more years. Dawson added that since Boyer’s appointment comes more than 60 days before a municipal election, he will have to run to fill the remainder of the term.
“Municipal elections are every two years, so it will be this coming year that it will be on the ballot,” she said. “So that ballot position will be a two-year term, not a four-year term.”
Weigle submitted her letter of resignation at the November council meeting. In a statement on the borough’s Facebook page, she thanked borough residents for the opportunity to serve.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on Council and will continue to serve on a volunteer basis,” she said in her statement. “I encourage anyone who may be interested in serving our community to attend the Borough Council meeting on December 4th.”
Weigle was not at Tuesday’s meeting.
Council members also continued their 15-year streak of not raising taxes, finalizing a final $71,691.87 budget for 2019 that keeps the borough tax rate at 5.16 mills.
“We’re very close in our budget, but we do have some reserve (funds),” Dawson said. “I don’t think it’s necessary that we raise taxes at this time.”