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Antrim Township supervisors OK budget with no tax hike

December 12, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township property owners can expect no real estate tax increase with the passing of the township's final budget by the board of supervisors Tuesday night.

The township's tax rate is two mills, with one mill generating about $128,750 in revenue, according to the budget documents. One mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

The proposed allocation of roughly $2.5 million for phases three, four and five of the Antrim Township Community Park brought the Antrim Township general fund into a $2.14 million deficit, according to Township Manager Ben Thomas.

Total general fund expenditures came to $5.9 million.

The budget was balanced by transferring money from the capital reserve fund, which still has about $4.5 million remaining, according to Thomas.

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Changes to the final budget include additions of $4,000 to support the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library and $42,300 for stormwater improvements in Shady Grove, Pa.

The board voted at its Nov. 27 meeting to allocate $4,000 from its budget to the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library after a letter from the Franklin County Library System informed the supervisors that the state General Assembly did not grant the library system's request for a 3 percent cost-of-living increase in state aid for the 2007-08 budget.

The board also voted to use capital reserve funds available to replace the cinder speader equipment on one of the township's dump trucks, which will cost $3,000. The township has $4,000 in the capital reserve fund for equipment replacement.

The top three expenditures in the general fund are about $3 million for recreation, about $803,000 for road maintenance, construction, snow removal and repairs to equipment, and about $420,000 for legislative body fees.

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