MIDDLEBURG — The proposed tax increase in Snyder County has been pared a bit without any action being taken by the commissioners.
Board Chairman Joe Kantz said Tuesday he found an error in a spreadsheet that revealed the county anticipates an additional $330,000 in revenue from the state for Children and Youth Services next year.
The extra revenue means the expected shortfall in the $18.2 million budget for 2016 is now at $1.42 million.
That means the anticipated tax increase would fall from 4 mills to just over 3 mills, or about $80 for the average taxpayer with a home valued at $150,000.
“We haven’t made any cuts yet,” said Kantz, adding there isn’t a lot of fat in the budget as it stands. “I’m not saying it’s carved to the bone, but it’s pretty darn close.”
The county’s current millage rate is 19.1 mills, and under state law, it cannot be raised above 25 mills.
Kantz said the board will continue to take a close look at the spending plan before adopting a final budget before the end of the month.
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