The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

December 12, 2013

No tax hike, cuts in services in 2014 budget

SHARPSVILLE — Sharpsville residents won’t see a tax increase or any cuts in borough services next year. Council adopted a $1.4 million budget Wednesday that raises spending by $73,000 – 5.3 percent – and leaves real estate taxes unchanged at 24.67 mills.

Of that amount, revenue from 1.67 mills goes to Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department and 1.5 mills pays for street lighting.

“It’s a lean budget with no increases but high expectations for good results,” Borough Manager Ken Robertson said.

There won’t be changes in rates for water, sewers, garbage collection, street lights or fire protection, he said.

Tri-County Industries will be the borough’s garbage and recyling hauler for the next three years. Rates that have not increased for the last six years will continue through 2016, Robertson said.

Residents can expect ongoing water line replacements and sewer improvements to continue with local funds. In addition, several grant-funded projects in the planning stages this year will move into the construction phase.

PennDOT is funding a sidewalk upgrade on High Street. Also, the Milliken Avenue ballfield and Canal Park projects will see construction of walking trails, restrooms, exercise and  play equipment paid for with grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Robertson said.

A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of a home’s assessed value; assessments in Mercer County are the 1970 value. In Sharpsville, a home assessed at $20,000 would carry a real estate tax bill of $493.

Following is a breakdown of Sharpsville’s proposed 2014 general fund budget of $1,431,047 with 2013 figures in parentheses:

SPENDING

General government, $269,724 ($273,860)

Tax collection, $11,700 ($9,700)

Municipal building, $18,386 ($17,782)

Public safety, $678,687 ($607,056)

Fire protection, $61,094 ($54,835)

Planning and zoning, $13,964 ($13,930)

Streets, $356,474 ($358,440)

Parks, $10,000 ($10,000)

Debt service, $0 ($0)

Miscellaneous, $86,157 ($81,157)

Highway aid, $189,359 ($199,059)

FUNDING

Real estate taxes at 24.67, $603,171 (24.67 mills/$595,800)

Other local taxes, $365.500 ($348,000)

Fines, interest and rents, $6,100 ($6,100)

Miscellaneous, $15,000 ($14,000)

Year-ending cash balance, $96,081 ($96,391)

Liquid fuels, $96,000 ($97,500)

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