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No tax hike in 2012 Big Run budget

November 21, 2011

Veterans' Park in Big Run may see an updated recreation area next year. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BIG RUN — Monday, Big Run Borough Council voted to place its 2012 budget on display for adoption at its December meeting, with no tax increase.
Council President Nick Lantz announced once again, the borough will have a surplus of $39,887, which is smaller compared to last year’s surplus of $57,635.

He also said that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough taxpayers.

The last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The proposed 2012 tax millage:

The taxes that will be levied on all real estate within the borough based on the valuation assessed for county purposes with each mill being the equivalent of $0.10 on each $100 of assessed valuation.

• General fund — 2.25 mills.

• Fire apparatus fund — 0.45 mills.

• Recreation fund — 0.30 mills all of which totals to 3.00 mills.
• Earned Income Tax (one percent) — Half percent to the borough and half percent to the school district.

• Realty Transfer Tax (one percent) — Half percent to the borough and half percent to the school district.

• $52 local services tax to the borough.

• 2012 General Fund projected revenue, $117,282; projected expenditures, $77,395.

• 2012 Liquid Fuel projected revenue, $31,387; project expenditures, $24,202.

• 2012 Fire Protection projected revenue, $12,529; projected expenditures, $12,500.

Following the vote, Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said he challenged the current and new members of council to set some kind of a goal for the next year.
“I don’t have anything in mind, especially with the borough’s finances so tight and no tax increase again,” he said.

Council member John Niver said a good goal would be to improve the recreation area at Veterans’ Park.

Council will vote to adopt the budget at its next meeting, Dec. 19.

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