Payung Vacancy

Borough Council Candidate Profile: Herb Payung Jr.

HERB PAYUNG JR.

Since being appointed to Hellertown Borough Council in July, I am running to retain my seat to continue to advocate for a strong quality of life not only for the borough’s residents, but also for its small businesses and community organizations. As a 2007 graduate of Saucon Valley High School and a life-long resident of Hellertown, I have had the unique opportunity of getting to know many great people and groups within the borough. I have come to know that they are the fabric which makes Hellertown such a desirable place in which to live. Hellertown is in the unique position in that it already has a high quality park system, numerous public facilities such as the rail trail and public library, and many successful, locally-owned businesses. The question for growth then becomes: How can all factions of the community work together to create an identity for the town that will allow it to prosper more than it already has?

Junior Council Reps Recognized for Service

Hellertown Borough Council’s junior council representatives–Richard Weddigen and Nicole Payung–were recognized for their service at council’s April 6 meeting. Deputy Executive Vice President for the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Christopher Cap attended the meeting to present Payung and Weddigen with PSAB’s Distinguished Junior Council Person award, and to personally thank them for taking an interest in local government. PSAB staff try to visit municipalities to personally present the honors “to give them a little pat on the back, if you will,” he said. He also confirmed that “Hellertown is very special” because it has two junior council members, whereas most municipalities typically have just one. Both Weddigen and Payung are Saucon Valley High School seniors who have been named to the school’s Highest Honor Roll in the past.

Preliminary 2015 Hellertown Budget Doesn’t Include Tax Hike

Hellertown Borough Council unanimously approved a preliminary 2015 budget that doesn’t call for a property tax increase–a point borough council president Tom Rieger stressed in announcing the document. Borough manager Cathy Hartranft said the balanced budget includes a little more than $4,183,000 in revenue and more than $4,182,000 in expenses. A copy of the preliminary budget will be available for public review on the Hellertown borough website and at Borough Hall, 685 Main St., Hellertown. As of 2013, the borough of Hellertown had the second highest municipal millage rate in Northampton County (18.75 mills), after the city of Easton (24.95 mills), and the third highest total millage rate (81.29 mills) in the county, according to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. Total millage is calculated by adding the municipal, county and school district tax rates together.