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by JENNIFER FITCH | January 25, 2006
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Supervisors have selected $10 as the amount levied on workers under the new emergency and municipal services tax. The EMS tax replaces an existing $10 occupational privilege tax. The supervisors had the option of setting the tax as high as $52, as permitted by the state. The EMS tax will be levied on people earning income in the municipality, regardless of where they live. This will affect people working in Antrim Township and retired residents who earn income there.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 20, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Anyone who works in the borough of Waynesboro pays $10 a year for the privilege of doing so through a tax, appropriately named the occupational privilege tax. The Waynesboro Borough Council could drop that tax in favor of one called the emergency and municipal services tax, which would cost workers up to $52 a year instead of $10. The new tax, which was approved by the state's General Assembly,...
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by DON AINES | November 23, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Beginning next year, the cost of working in the Borough of Chambersburg could be up to $1 a week, depending on how much the council decides to raise what has been known as the occupational privilege tax. The council authorized the advertisement of an ordinance to raise the tax from its current $10 up to $52 a year. A vote on the proposal is expected at the council's Dec. 13 meeting. "This is the first good news municipalities have had from a revenue standpoint from the Legislature in a generation," said Council President William McLaughlin, a proponent of the change in the Local Tax Enabling Act of 1965.
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By DON AINES | November 30, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Faced with the choice of collecting pennies a week from some of its less well-off taxpayers, or losing about $40,000 in revenue, the Chambersburg School Board Wednesday voted unanimously to exempt people making less than $12,000 from the $5-a-year occupational privilege tax. The occupational privilege tax was once $10 a year, split evenly between the school district and municipality. A couple of years ago, however, it was changed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the Emergency and Municipal Services Tax, which allowed municipalities to up their share of the tax to $47. Now the tax has "morphed" again, to become the Local Services Tax, Business Manager Rick Vensel told the board.
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By DON AINES | February 27, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A healthy national economy in 1999 buoyed Chambersburg's financial well-being, but one councilman remarked last week, "If the Dow Jones gets a chill, I believe the borough will get pneumonia. " The 1999 financial review the Borough Council received Wednesday was mostly positive, but Councilman William F. McLaughlin, chairman of the Finance Committee, said, "If there's a downturn (in the market) there will be a tax hike in Chambersburg that is significant. " "The borough has a lot of investments in stocks, mainly in pension funds.
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by KATE S. ALEXANDER | November 29, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Property taxes in the borough of Waynesboro will not increase in 2007 if borough council passes its preliminary $4 million spending plan approved on Tuesday. The council adopted the preliminary budget in a unanimous vote with councilmen Jason Stains and Craig Newcomer absent. While the preliminary plan adopted on Tuesday does not include a property tax increase, people working in the municipality will be subject to a $40 emergency and municipal services (EMS)
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by JENNIFER FITCH | September 7, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday re-enacted a $52 tax it eliminated in January. The tax will be levied on everyone who works in the Borough of Waynesboro, regardless of where they live. Five dollars of the emergency and municipal services tax, which eliminates the occupational privilege tax, will go to the Waynesboro Area School District. The remainder of the revenue is designated to benefit roads and police, fire and ambulance services. It will go into effect in 2007.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | November 13, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors scrutinized almost every dollar in the first draft of their 2010 budget on Thursday with the intent to keep tax rates the same. Township Manager Mike Christopher presented a preliminary $4.35 million budget he said was very difficult to balance. "There is no comfort. All it takes is one item, and you have a disaster on your hands," he said. The supervisors in the spring adjusted their 2009 budget to reduce expenditures and better reflect diminished revenues.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2010
After more than an hour of discussion, the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday approved borrowing with Susquehanna Bank to pay off an existing loan for Washington Township Boulevard. The supervisors agreed to borrow at 3.5 percent to pay off the $1.6 million balance of a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loan. The move to Susquehanna Bank would extend the loan to 15 years, lowering the annual payment. Township Manager Mike Christopher said he was prepared to make the $299,000 payment due in April to Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank.
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by DON AINES | October 26, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two weeks earlier than scheduled and with few members of the public in attendance, the Chambersburg Borough Council on Monday unanimously approved a 2005 preliminary budget that includes a 2 mill increase in real estate taxes and the first increase in sanitation fees since 1992. "Health care, as a category, is the third largest item in this budget" behind the police and fire departments, Council President William McLaughlin said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2010
After more than an hour of discussion, the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday approved borrowing with Susquehanna Bank to pay off an existing loan for Washington Township Boulevard. The supervisors agreed to borrow at 3.5 percent to pay off the $1.6 million balance of a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loan. The move to Susquehanna Bank would extend the loan to 15 years, lowering the annual payment. Township Manager Mike Christopher said he was prepared to make the $299,000 payment due in April to Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | November 13, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors scrutinized almost every dollar in the first draft of their 2010 budget on Thursday with the intent to keep tax rates the same. Township Manager Mike Christopher presented a preliminary $4.35 million budget he said was very difficult to balance. "There is no comfort. All it takes is one item, and you have a disaster on your hands," he said. The supervisors in the spring adjusted their 2009 budget to reduce expenditures and better reflect diminished revenues.
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By DON AINES | November 30, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Faced with the choice of collecting pennies a week from some of its less well-off taxpayers, or losing about $40,000 in revenue, the Chambersburg School Board Wednesday voted unanimously to exempt people making less than $12,000 from the $5-a-year occupational privilege tax. The occupational privilege tax was once $10 a year, split evenly between the school district and municipality. A couple of years ago, however, it was changed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the Emergency and Municipal Services Tax, which allowed municipalities to up their share of the tax to $47. Now the tax has "morphed" again, to become the Local Services Tax, Business Manager Rick Vensel told the board.
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by KATE S. ALEXANDER | December 7, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Christmas appears to have come early for many property owners in Franklin County. According to preliminary budgets that are due to be approved by the end of the month, property taxes for 2007 are likely to stay the same across most of the southern part of the county. Officials in Antrim Township, Washington Township, and the boroughs of Greencastle and Waynesboro will vote on budgets in December that call for property taxes to remain at current rates. Another present to taxpayers: Officials announced Tuesday that the Franklin County budget also is expected to be funded without any real estate property tax hikes.
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by KATE S. ALEXANDER | November 29, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Property taxes in the borough of Waynesboro will not increase in 2007 if borough council passes its preliminary $4 million spending plan approved on Tuesday. The council adopted the preliminary budget in a unanimous vote with councilmen Jason Stains and Craig Newcomer absent. While the preliminary plan adopted on Tuesday does not include a property tax increase, people working in the municipality will be subject to a $40 emergency and municipal services (EMS)
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | September 7, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday re-enacted a $52 tax it eliminated in January. The tax will be levied on everyone who works in the Borough of Waynesboro, regardless of where they live. Five dollars of the emergency and municipal services tax, which eliminates the occupational privilege tax, will go to the Waynesboro Area School District. The remainder of the revenue is designated to benefit roads and police, fire and ambulance services. It will go into effect in 2007.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | January 25, 2006
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Supervisors have selected $10 as the amount levied on workers under the new emergency and municipal services tax. The EMS tax replaces an existing $10 occupational privilege tax. The supervisors had the option of setting the tax as high as $52, as permitted by the state. The EMS tax will be levied on people earning income in the municipality, regardless of where they live. This will affect people working in Antrim Township and retired residents who earn income there.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 20, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Anyone who works in the borough of Waynesboro pays $10 a year for the privilege of doing so through a tax, appropriately named the occupational privilege tax. The Waynesboro Borough Council could drop that tax in favor of one called the emergency and municipal services tax, which would cost workers up to $52 a year instead of $10. The new tax, which was approved by the state's General Assembly,...
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by DON AINES | December 28, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Property owners in Chambersburg will not see a tax increase on their homes and businesses in 2005, but 22,000 people who work in the borough will pay an additional $42 a year, whether they live there or not. The Borough Council on Monday night approved a $55.6 million budget for 2005, along with an emergency and municipal services tax of $52 a year. The tax replaces the occupational privilege tax of $10 a year which has been levied since 1965 and split evenly between the borough and the Chambersburg Area School District.
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by DON AINES | November 23, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Beginning next year, the cost of working in the Borough of Chambersburg could be up to $1 a week, depending on how much the council decides to raise what has been known as the occupational privilege tax. The council authorized the advertisement of an ordinance to raise the tax from its current $10 up to $52 a year. A vote on the proposal is expected at the council's Dec. 13 meeting. "This is the first good news municipalities have had from a revenue standpoint from the Legislature in a generation," said Council President William McLaughlin, a proponent of the change in the Local Tax Enabling Act of 1965.
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