The Evans City Council in Pennsylvania passed a balanced budget on Monday with no changes to the existing real estate tax rate. For the 2023 fiscal year, leaders project $868,860 in revenue and expenditures. Some of the larger costs include contracted police services, public works projects, and health insurance for full-time borough employees. The budget reflects few notable changes from last year, but Councilman Mark R. Widdersheim believes the council will likely raise property taxes in 2024 or beyond to better fund key services such as paving roads.
The council expects major sources of revenue to include earned income taxes from residents and sales on sewer assets, which should reach $190,000 and $118,300, respectively. The real estate tax for the borough’s general fund will serve as the largest revenue source, bringing in $205,000 next year. Council President Cheri Deener-Kohan broke down the “millage rate” as it’s continued from last year, which charges an overall tax rate of 21.25 mills for every dollar of property value, or .2125 cents for every $100 of property value.
The council unanimously voted to approve a banner in honor of David Smith, the 2022 Veteran of the Year award-winner, who has an Evans City address. Smith received the award for his service with Bantam Marine Detachment 743 of the Marine Corps League during the Vietnam War. The budget reflects few notable changes from last year, but the council anticipates raising property taxes to better fund key services, such as paving roads, in 2024 or beyond.
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