Tamaqua, PA Borough Council decided it did not want to raise taxes to offset a $200,000 deficit in the 2012 budget. (Imagine that idea Pottstown Borough Council)
And so, the cuts began.
Council eliminated random drug tests for borough police officers, dropped the DARE anti-drug program in schools for a year, laid off a police officer and deciding not to fill a vacancy in the streets department.
Council also hopes selling what one official called an underutilized community center will help balance the budget.