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Likely no tax hike for Ligonier Township

Tribune-Review
| Wednesday, November 26, 2014 2:36 p.m

Real estate taxes should hold steady at 5 mills in Ligonier Township for 2015.

Supervisors voted 2-1 at the Nov. 18 work session to advertise a proposed budget that estimates expenditures at $1,824,280 and revenue at $1,805,624.

Supervisor Scott Matson cast a dissenting vote, stating that he would rather have more solid numbers to work with.

Engineering costs related to bridge repairs were not yet factored into the draft.

Township manager Terry Carcella said the year-end cash balance is expected to be between $500,000 and $600,000, a projection that should hold true for the end of 2015 as well.

The board will consider adopting the budget at the Dec. 16 work session.

Township manager Terry Carcella said the township will actually see savings in its healthcare and insurance costs due to new contracts, but it is offset by legal expenses. The police budget had about a 2 percent increase due to its new contract. Overall, Carcella said the township is in good shape.

Each mill generates between $90,000 and $100,000 for the township, supervisor Tim Komar said.

“There are some things that I think still have to be tweaked,” Komar said of the draft budget. “We haven’t had enough of good years of accounting to get a real handle on where it is. I feel pretty good about it though. There’s no tax increase anticipated — that’s the best part.”

The spending plan will be on display at the municipal building until Dec. 16.

The board’s regular meeting will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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