Mont Alto council approves 2001 budget

December 18, 2000

Mont Alto council approves 2001 budget

By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Like most other jurisdictions in Franklin County, the Mont Alto Borough Council approved its 2001 budget this month, without any property tax increases.

The seven-member council adopted the $904,169.96 budget Dec. 4, said Councilman Ed Nunemaker.

The millage rate will remain unchanged at 5.55 mills.

A mill equals $1 of tax for each $1,000 of assessed real estate value.

"It's been several years since we've had to raise it," Nunemaker said.

The big ticket item in the budget is the third and final phase in upgrading the electrical system, he said.

With a $135,000 price tag, the expenditure will allow the borough to complete improvements to the system.

The borough buys power wholesale from Allegheny Energy and sells it through its own electric system in the borough.

"This is the last third of the upgrades we will be doing, this will finish it off," Nunemaker said.


About $5,000 will go toward new equipment in the recreation area in the borough.

"There are several budgeted play items, swings and things like that," Nunemaker said.

In addition, Nunemaker mentioned the eight borough employees will also receive cost of living raises and some will see adjustments in to their salaries up to the pay scale.

This amounts to an average 4.2 percent salary increase for the employees, he said.

"It's deceiving. Not everyone gets that," he said.

Pay raises included in the budget are not automatically approved, he said, but that is more or less a formality. "Nothing is finally approved. It will probably be after the first of the year that is ratified," Nunemaker said.

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