Luzerne Borough
144 Academy Street
Luzerne, PA 18709
P: (570) 287-7633 | F: (570) 287-7842
Office Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm

“What’s Happening in Luzerne”

September 2019 MEETINGS

Luzerne Sewer Authority Meeting -Tuesday – September 3rd – 7:00 pm – Luzerne Borough Building

Council Work Session – Wednesday – September 4th – 7:00pm – Luzerne Borough Building

Monthly Council Meeting – Wednesday – September 11th – 7:00pm – Luzerne Borough Building

All meetings are open to the public.


Administrative and Dept of Public Works will be closed Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. Yard waste will collected Tuesday.  County Waste will collect garbage Friday.  Please… do not place your garbage carts out until Thursday evening!


Notice is hereby given that the Luzerne Borough Council is contemplating the adoption of an Ordinance amending and restating as Act 600 any and all previous ordinances establishing a Police Pension Fund for pension annuity for the benefit of such members of the Luzerne Borough Police Force, who will receive honorable discharge therefrom by reason of age and service in order to comply with the federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2016, as well as Act 600.  The proposed Ordinance can be viewed at the Luzerne Borough Building, 144 Academy Street, during normal business hours of Mon – Thurs from 9:00am to 3:00 pm.  The ordinance is also posted on the Administrative Office Door.  The proposed Ordinance will be considered for a vote at the September Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Borough Building.


Luzerne Merchants Association asks everyone to join them for their 24th Annual Fall Festival on Main Street in Luzerne Borough on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  Family Fun for all ages including live music, food and drink vendors, along with horse & buggy rides.


                FOR LUZERNE BOROUGH

                  John Lohman, Tax Collector for Luzerne Borough has announced the 2019 Wyoming Valley West School Real Estate School Taxes are scheduled to be issued Monday, August 19, 2019, with the millage set at 17.29 mills.

                The rebate period for the school taxes will run from August 19th  through October 18th. The face period for the school taxes will run from October 19th through December 18th.  Penalty period for school taxes will run after December 19th  through December 31st.

School tax payments can be made at the Luzerne Borough Building, 144 Academy Street. Beginning Monday, August 19th, office hours for the collection of school taxes, during the rebate period, will be Mondays & Thursdays 6 PM to 8 PM and Saturdays 1 PM to 3 PM.

All property owners are reminded if a receipt is requested, whether a payment is made in person or by mail, please present the entire bill.  For payments made by mail, a self -addressed stamped envelope should be enclosed along with the bill. 

The due dates for the School Tax installment payment plan are as follows: Election for the First installment payment is due by September 27th.  Installment Payments made after this date will be subject to a 10%penalty. The second installment payment due date is November 5th and the final installment  payment is due by December 12th.   A 10% penalty is added on to the second and third installment payment made after the respective due dates. There is no discount given for taxes paid under the installment plan.

A taxpayer that is delinquent by more than 10 days on all installment payments is ineligible for the installment payment option in the following school year.

Property owners with escrow accounts should promptly forward their tax bill to their financial institutions for payment.  If you do not receive a tax bill by September 1st, please call John at (570) 288-9640 or e-mail at and a copy of your tax bill will be sent.  The Borough Building is handicap accessible.

The 2019 County/Municipal Real Estate and Municipal Per Capita taxes are being accepted at penalty value through December 31, 2019.



James Keller – Mayor
Michael Jancuska – Chairman
Anthony Perzia -Vice Chairman – Finance
Jason Tarreto – Council – Roadmaster
Mary Ellen Schell – Council – Police
Corey Klinefelter – Council – Parks and Recreation
Jonathan Spohrer – Solicitor
Bill Balavage – Treasurer
Linda Booth – Secretary
Michael J. Kotwasinki – Chief of Police
John Lohman – Tax Collector
Tim Connolly, Tetra Tech – Engineer


Regional Stormwater Management Program
In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with regulating stormwater pursuant
to the Clean Water Act (CWA).
In 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEPI labeled approximately 19,000 mites Of rivers
and streams in Pennsylvania impaired for water supply, aquatic life, recreation or fish consumption.

Stormwater runoff is one Of the biggest reasons for impairment.

Under existing federal law, municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania must curb pollution of the
Susquehanna River by as much as 10% in the next five years (2018-2023). Stormwater carries an
immense amount Of pollution, including sediment. Car oil, lawn fertilizers and pesticides. Those
pollutants have many negative impacts on our Streams and rivers.
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