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No property tax hike for Antrim Township residents

December 26, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — This is the third year there won’t be a tax increase for Antrim Township residents.

At a special meeting to pass the budget last week, the Antrim Township Supervisors unanimously passed their 2013 budget.

The budget not only held the line on a zero mill property tax rate, but also reduced an amusement tax.

Township Administrator Brad Graham said the amusement tax affects three organizations and generates about $10,000 for the township.

“In today’s economy, it was a little bit of a burden, for all the more it generated, so rather than do away with it altogether, the supervisors passed a resolution to drop it from 3 percent to 0 percent,” Graham said. “We (the township) won’t get anything now (from the amusement tax).

“With three entities, the supervisors were just trying to make things a little more competitive for them.”

The township’s general fund revenue is budgeted at $3,093,920.

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Township expenditures are $3,093,449, with the largest chunk coming from highway projects, Graham said.

“If the (road) projects come to fruition, we will be doing over $1 million in road projects,” he said. “But not all the money will come from the township. It will come from he state.”

The general fund is reimbursed by the highway fund, also known as the State Liquid Fuels Fund, which at the end of the calendar year for road projects determined by the township and the state.

Supervisors also budged $800,000 in the township’s 2013 budget for renovations to the 34-year-old municipal building on Antrim Church Road.

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