Union City Borough Council will consider enactment of several ordinances at a meeting on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Union City Area Elementary School LGI Room, 91 Miles St.

Preceding the meeting will be a public hearing to discuss a tax abatement ordinance, to be considered by Council at the meeting to follow. 

According to Union City Borough Secretary-Treasurer Cindy Wells, the public is invited to attend and participate in this discussion prior to Council's vote.

"Anyone can come," Wells said. 

According to borough officials, the hearing is intended to inform residents and provide the opportunity to comment before the ordinance goes to a vote.

The tax abatement ordinance, if passed by both the Borough Council and the Union City Area School Board, will provide for certain real estate tax exemptions for properties in "deteriorated" neighborhoods, including residential, commercial, industrial and business properties that qualify.

In the ordinance, Borough Council states that it believes implementing certain tax exemptions for real estate properties in deteriorating areas will be beneficial to the development of the community.

Council members also indicate in the ordinance that such tax exemptions could help to encourage construction and improvements in these neighborhoods.

If passed by Council, the proposed ordinance will then be presented to the Union City Area School Board for their approval before it can be enacted, Wells said.

A second ordinance to be considered by Union City Borough Council would prohibit smoking in playgrounds, pubic parks and "other prohibited areas." 

The third ordinance Council will vote on at the upcoming meeting deals with an amendment to current stormwater management policies.

All three ordinances are available for review at the Office of the Secretary, 13 S. Main St., Union City. The office is open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on business days.


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