No tax increase in Carroll Twp.
By Jeremy Sellew
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
There will be no tax increase for yet another year in Carroll Township after township supervisors approved the 2014 budget Tuesday.
The spending plan includes funds available to the township totaling $4,681,525 including a general fund balance of $1,368, 516 and $156,777 in gaming revenues.
“The best thing about it is there will be no increase in property taxes for residents,” Chairman Thomas Rapp said.
The last tax increase in the township was in 2003, the first since 1972.
In other business, the supervisors ordered Solicitor Herman Bigi to draft an amendment to a 2006 ordinance, the township's tenant registration ordinance.
“The problem we have now is with all the gas companies, they're renting places just to sleep in a bed,” Zoning Officer Dennis Butler said.
“ ... and a lot of the current residents of the township aren't permanent,” Supervisor James Harrison added. “They're not paying the taxes and we have no idea who is renting these places.”
The amendment will fill in the missing information and details that will allow a third-party company to notify the township of landlords and their tenants.
“We have no idea who's in what building, and it's not just apartments. Businesses ... doctors' offices are doing it as well,” Rapp said. “Hopefully, this will alleviate the issue.”
The supervisors will hold their reorganization meeting in conjunction with their next scheduled meeting on Jan. 6.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.
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