The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 19, 2013

Council not hiking taxes in 2014

By Meghan Keely
Herald Staff Writer

WEST MIDDLESEX — West Middlesex residents won’t see a tax increase next year. Council adopted a $691,871 budget Tuesday that leaves real estate taxes unchanged at 25.167 mills.

Of that amount, revenue from 2.5 mills goes to West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department and 2 mills pays for street lighting.

There will be no changes in rates for water, sewers, street lights or fire protection.

Tri-County Industries will be the borough’s garbage and recycling hauler for next year. Rates will decrease $1 monthly, bringing charges to $17 for weekly garbage pick-up and every-other-week recycling.

The borough approved the purchase of a dump truck for $67,383 from Murray’s Ford in DuBois. The dump truck, which is expected to be delivered early next year, will be equipped with a snow plow and salt spreader.

A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of a home’s assessed value; assessments in Mercer County are the 1970 value. In West Middlesex, a home assessed at $20,000 would carry a real estate tax bill of $503.