West Penn property taxes to remain same
Grocery, heating and gas bills may be rising like hot air balloons, but West Penn Township's property tax will likely stay the same for another year.
Supervisors on Nov. 23 approved a tentative 2011 spending plan that calls for the property tax to stay at 4.75 mills. That means the owner of a home whose taxable value is $25,000 would continue to pay $118.75 in annual township real estate tax next year.
Currently, one mill generates $114,646.94, treasurer Karen Wittig has said. With the tax rate at 4.75 mills, the township expects to bring in about $544,573 in property tax revenue.
The spending plan will be available for review at the township building on Municipal Road for 20 days; supervisors expect to adopt a final budget when they meet on Dec. 21.
The balanced budget calls for revenues and expenditures of $1,829,751.
The township plans to increase the amount given to Penn-Mahoning Ambulance from $20,000 this year to $30,000 next year. Ambulance president Don Hoppes in October told supervisors the organization will need a new ambulance in 2011.
Supervisors also set aside money to lease a new police vehicle from the Kovach Corp. at $14,471 a year for three years, then buying it outright for $1. They also included $21,000 from state money for new road equipment.