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Greencastle borough budget includes slight tax increase

December 07, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council voted Monday night to approve the 2005 proposed budget.

No members of the public attended the hearing, held before the borough's regular monthly meeting.

Council members Charles Eckstine and Gerald Pool voted against the budget, which includes raising the current 10.6 mill real estate tax to 11 mills.

Real estate revenues are 40 percent of the borough's general fund revenues.

The .4 mill increase means that the average property owner will pay an additional $7.20 in taxes.

Council President Barbara Bock said she has received positive feedback on the tax hike.

"People are saying they would rather pay $10 more a year than get zapped with 2 or 3 mills like the school district did," Bock said.

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Eckstine said he wonders if the increase is really necessary, as he sees some margin in the budget that could be cut.

Bock added that the Borough Council does not yet know how much health insurance for borough employees will cost.

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