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North Irwin could raise taxes in 2018

Joe Napsha
| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Property owners in North Irwin could be hit with a 12 percent real estate tax hike in 2018.

The proposed $199,285 budget approved this month by the borough's finance committee increases property taxes by 2.78 mills to 25.78-mills, said Mary Spangler, borough secretary. That increase, if passed by council at its meeting Tuesday, would cost the average property owner an extra $12.85, she said.

The tax levy dedicates 1.2 mills — about $4,950 — to a new fire services fund. The borough gave the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department $5,000 this year, Spangler said.

“We never had a dedicated amount for the fire department,” Spangler said. “The budget was not prepared for emergencies.”

The additional tax revenue will help the borough pay for police protection it receives from Irwin, Spangler said. That cost will rise from $19,800 in 2017 to $26,000 in 2018.

Irwin Borough charges North Irwin $2,000 a month for police protection in 2017, said Valerie Morton, Irwin's manager. North Irwin, however, budgeted only $19,800 for 2017, about the same as it had in 2016.

Irwin Council on Nov. 8 created a committee to negotiate with North Irwin on public safety costs for 2018.

North Irwin's proposed budget includes a $2,000 increase in the public works department's allocation to $44,476.

Projected increases in utility costs also will require more tax revenue, Spangler said.

“All those things add up,” she said.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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