No tax hikes this year for Sutersville, South Huntingdon and Madison
Residents in three local municipalities will see no tax increases this year.
Sutersville, South Huntingdon and Madison officials passed balanced budgets for 2013.
None of the three have factored the state-administered Marcellus shale drilling impact fees into the budgets.
South Huntingdon Supervisor Mel Cornell said projects have come to mind, but nothing has been decided yet.
The township's property taxes remain at 4 mills with one mil earning $53,000 in revenues.
For 2013, the total spending costs — at $1,452927 — went down by $112,551 from 2012.
No major items account for the difference, Cornell said.
“It's pretty close, really,” he said, adding that road maintenance will remain similar in the township of 5,796 residents.
Madison Secretary Pat Walt touts the ability of the council to treat borough money like their own — saving pennies here and there.
“We're very good with our budget, we've never been in debt and plan to never be in debt,” Walt said.
Millage has been unchanged at 6 mills for more than 20 years, Walt said.
One mill generates $3,360 for the borough, which has 397 residents, according to the 2010 census.
Madison would like to focus on improving its public recreation space in the coming year, Walt said.
“We did allocate a little bit more toward our park … because we want to put up a few more things that are child-friendly,” she said. “We have a nice little park and we'd like to keep it that way.”
In Sutersville, no major budgeted items were planned for 2013, except a new generator for the borough building.
“It's old and we need to upgrade our emergency generated power,” said Council President Bill Ringbloom, adding that the current one is WWII-vintage.
Council members are applying for a grant, which might defray most of the cost, he said.
Councilman Frank C. Rocco said the generator may cost about $20,000. Council expressed interest in a natural gas generator instead of a gasoline-powered model for the building, he said.
Taxes are set at 8 mills in Sutersville with the borough of 605 people earning about $3,000 per mil collected.
Sutersville's budget for 2013 was passed at a balanced $264,709.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 724-836-6660.
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