NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP Supervisors to hold the line on taxes for 2003 budget

If residents' taxes go up, it won't be because of the township, a supervisor said.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Neshannock Township supervisors have introduced a proposed 2003 budget that contains no tax increase.
Township secretary Leslie Bucci credited the balanced budget to the Lawrence County reassessment and the $6 million in construction in the township over the past year.
The proposed budget totals $5,258,997. The property tax millage for the township decreased from 5 mills to 0.7 mills and fire tax millage decreased from 3 mills to 0.42 mills because of the reassessment and the new construction.
Before reassessment, the total value of all real property in the township was about $82 million. This figure increased to $605,110,500 after the county reassessment figures were released this fall. Reassessment hadn't been done since 1962.
How amount is figured
Bucci said the county provided a formula for municipalities to use to figure out the new millage. "We used exactly the millage granted to us by the county," Bucci said at Wednesday's meeting of the supervisors.
Supervisor John DiCola Jr. wanted residents to realize that even though the township didn't raise taxes, their taxes could still go up, depending on how the reassessment affected their property values.
"Their taxes may go up, but not because of us," DiCola said.
In other business, Patrolman John Rand was promoted to lieutenant. Rand will see a salary increase of about 40 cents per hour, to $17.88, in accordance with the contract with police officers, officials said.

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