Ross 2016 budget keeps same tax rate |

Ross 2016 budget keeps same tax rate

Tony LaRussa

The Ross proposed budget for 2016 earmarks money to cover modest increases for salaries, improving ball fields and controlling storm water while keeping the property-tax rate at its current level.

The $18.7 million spending plan, which will increase by 3.2 percent over this year, anticipates nearly $6.7 million in revenue from property taxes and $6.9 million from the earned-income taxand levies on businesses. The bulk of the remaining revenue will be generated by fees and sources such as grants. About $777,000 will be carried over from this year's budget.

Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer said the goal when developing a budget is to provide services to residents and businesses while keeping an eye on the tax impact.

“We want to be good stewards of the public's money,” he said. “We try to keep taxes low to encourage growth in the township while at the same time investing in our infrastructure.”

In addition to paying for salary increases that range between 2 percent and 4 percent, the township has set aside $50,000 to begin addressing the deterioration on three ball fields ; $70,000 to hire a computer specialist; and $85,000 — up from about $28,000 this year — to pay for engineering related to storm water management.

Plans call for paving about 4 miles of road, which is about the same that was done this year. The township is responsible for maintaining about 120 miles of roads.

Next year's budget calls for maintaining the tax on real estate at 2.7 mills, which means the owner of property with an assessed value of $100,000 will continue to pay $270 a year in property taxes to fund municipal operations.

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at [email protected].

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