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Antrim on the brink of tax removal

December 30, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors will have little more than 12 hours Wednesday to adopt their 2009 budget before residents ring in a new year and the new document goes into effect.

Changes in township administration prolonged the budget preparation and review process for Antrim Township officials, pushing the final approval meeting to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Members of the five-person board will review any comments made by the public or changes to the document since it approved the preliminary budget on Dec. 9.

If the budget is approved Wednesday, it will be the first year the township has not assessed property taxes, according to Supervisor Curtis Myers.

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Supervisor and Interim Project Coordinator Fred Young III said the holiday also threw a wrench in scheduling a meeting for final approval.

In the past, Township Manager Ben Thomas prepared the budget with the help of his staff, but after the supervisors eliminated Thomas' position in August, preparing the budget fell on the shoulders of interim staff and newly hired Secretary/Treasurer Mary Klein.

Serving as interim township administrator, Myers handled most of the work for drafting the budget, which eliminates the property tax rate for 2009.

Myers, chairman of the board of supervisors, said that even with cutting $268,000 in taxes and the difficult economic climate, the budget will still run in the black.

"I estimate that we will be $17,478 to the good at the end of 2009, even without collecting taxes," he said.

Myers drafted the 20-page preliminary budget, which balances revenue and expenditures for the upcoming year without assessing the 2-mill property tax rate that has been part of the budget for years.

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