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Council OKs $2.7 million budget

June 12, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday approved a more than $2.7 million fiscal 2002-03 budget.

There are no tax rate increases in the budget. The personal property tax rate remains at $1 per $100 of accessed value, and the real estate tax rate remains at 40 cents per $100 of accessed value, Town Clerk Donna K. Spickler said.

The $154,000 allotted for police services in the budget includes nearly $60,000 for an additional town deputy.

It is unlikely the deputy would begin work in Williamsport the fiscal year beginning July 1 because the Washington County Sheriff's Department might need to hire and train an additional officer, Councilman Tim Ammons has said.

Other large expenditures in the budget include $908,000 for electric service, $299,000 for sewer treatment and $134,000 for water service.

Expected income includes $724,000 from local taxes, $762,000 from electric service charges, $233,750 from water service charges and $215,000 from sewer service charges, according to the budget.

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Income anticipated from water and sewer connection fees totals $345,000.

The budget includes nearly $35,000 for community promotion, including $5,000 for Riverview Cemetery, $5,500 for the Williamsport Community Band and $4,000 for the town's history and museum board.

The Williamsport Fire Department will receive $9,000 from the town this fiscal year, and the town's ambulance service will receive $7,000.

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