Collier to hold line on taxes
By Megan Guza
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Taxes in Collier Township likely will not go up next year.
The preliminary budget, approved at the Nov. 13 board of commissioners meeting, includes earned income tax of 1 percent, real estate tax of 2.73 mills and a business tax.
The township has not increased its property tax in more than 16 years.
There's money set aside for several initiatives the township hopes to undertake as well, including continued development of the municipal website and cable channel, developing a historical society, upgrades to the Veterans Monument and Flag Day memorial and establishing a dog park.
Some other highlights:
• The total operating budget is projected to go up about 3.9 percent over last year, with an estimated $7 million in revenue and $6.5 million in expenses.
• The capital budget is projected at about $3.9 million. This includes money going toward the completion of the Collier Recreation Center and additional Collier Park playground equipment.
• The budget includes the purchase of additional public works equipment, including a dump truck and excavator, storm sewer improvements, continuing education for the township police force and $270,000 in grants to the township's three volunteer fire departments.
Commissioners are expected to vote on a final budget on Dec. 11. A balanced spending plan must be adopted by the end of the year.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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