Charleroi to hold line on taxes in 2011
Charleroi taxpayers could face no increase in real estate taxes, according to the tentative budget that will be proposed this week.
When council meets Wednesday, it is expected to approve posting a 2011 budget that holds the line on taxes.
While the final spending plan would be scheduled for approval in December, it cannot include tax millage above the rate set in the tentative budget.
The tentative document that council is expected to approve would again set the millage at 42.15 mills – 30 mils for general purposes, 7.43 mills for street lighting, 3 mills for fire service, 1.26 mills for debt service, 0.2 of a mill for recreation, 0.12 of a mill for library, 0.1 of a mill for shade tree and 0.04 of a mill for pensions.
The $2,490,414 tentative budget would increase expenditures by $46,610 over the 2010 budget.
Expenditures in the proposed budget are:
n Administration – $857,810, an increase of $7,719;
n Police – $778,388, an increase of $17,948;
n Fire – $99,343, a decrease of $871;
n Streets – $708,812, an increase of $21,265.
Mayor Nancy Ellis said borough officials are pleased to hold the line on taxes. She praised the efforts of borough manager Bob Hodgson and the cooperation of council in preparing the budget.
“We worked very hard and did a lot of work on the budget,” Ellis said. “We scrutinized everything line by line. It’s hard because everything goes up, but we’re doing the best we can. We cut where we could.”