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Ligonier Township property taxes to hold at 3.5 mills for 2012

| Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 9:40 a.m.

Ligonier Township residents will pay no tax increase next year.

Property taxes will remain at 3.5 mills under a preliminary budget, but supervisors said an increase for 2013 is likely.

Supervisors will borrow $30,000 from a capital fund to balance next year's $3 million spending plan.

One mill generates about $100,000. The average resident, with the median assessed property value of $17,000, pays about $60 in taxes to the township.

Supervisor Tim Komar said although officials are cutting costs in every way possible, a tax increase will become inevitable.

"You can squeeze a lemon so far, but sooner or later you're going to run out of juice. And we're about out of juice," Komar said.

Supervisor Keith Whipkey said officials will borrow money from the capital fund to stave off a tax increase next year.

"Things are rough all over," he said. "With this economy, we want to try to put off a tax increase for as long as possible."

The township saved more than $20,000 by picking up used anti-skid material from the roads to recycle them. It saved $80,000 by buying a salvaged engine for its high-lift, instead of buying new equipment.

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