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Franklin County plans to hold line on taxes

Preliminary $114.9 million budget unveiled

Preliminary $114.9 million budget unveiled

November 29, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? For the second year in a row, Franklin County property taxes will likely remain unchanged as the Board of County Commissioners today unveiled a preliminary 2008 budget of $114.9 million.

The budget is actually about $15 million less overall than the current year's budget of $129.7 million, primarily because a major capital project, the $30 million Franklin County Jail, has been completed, says Fiscal Director Teresa Beckner. Expenditures on capital projects in 2008 are expected tro be $6.9 million, compared to $24.5 million this year.

Human services, such as the Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health/Mental Retardation programs, are the biggest chunk of the budget at $51 million, followed by public safety at $15.7 million. Real estate taxes will bring in an estimated $28 million, but charges for services are projected at $33.5 million and federal and state subsidies are estimated at more than $36 million next year.

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The property tax rate will remain at 21.75 mills, or $21.75 for every $1,000 in assessed value on a property. Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said on a property with a market value of $100,000, the owner will pay about $207, lower than all but one of the dozen counties in the region.

Final passage of the budget is scheduled for Dec. 20.

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