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$21.8 million budget passed

December 20, 2013

City Council Thursday adopted a $21.8 million 2014 budget proposal that holds the line on real estate tax rates. It sets the tax millage at 11.58 mills with 1 mill of tax generating about $880,000....

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Dec-23-13 11:59 AM

So literally, the Mayor emailed me after my comment on this article. He told me that the reason for the decrease in salary to his assistant is that she is a new employee.

I don't know the situation there, but I guess, if that's the case, I can let that slide, that wasn't mentioned in the article.

However, it doesn't excuse the out of control spending that this city is making a habit of.

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Dec-20-13 11:19 PM

well, its time for a revolution.. a war against the govt..... its time to get these kind of people out of office.. what kind of human being, dem rep or ind whatever,, takes a raise in pay higher than what most people get paid in this town, and lets the aide drop in pay and not have health insurance coverage.... stingy greedy jackhole is what. and you people what someone like that to represent you... SMH

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Dec-20-13 6:11 PM

So, what's the answer to these out of control property taxes? Obviously, the Republicans aren't even interested in cutting the budget. Of course, the mayor got a $2,000 raise.

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Dec-20-13 5:19 PM

wwhickok Yes I do think I remember you saying that awhile back, looks like you are right...

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Dec-20-13 5:17 PM

Thank You oldbilltown for pointing that out to me, I am not very well educated when it comes to property tax or any tax as far as that goes, my brain just can't keep up with this stuff anymore. "Old Age I Guess ;-)"

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Dec-20-13 1:15 PM

WeThePeople, do you not recall when I stated that many properties that may not truly be worth what they're being assessed would be assessed higher (in some cases higher than 100,000)?

I hate being able to say I told you so.

As far as the budget, it's hilarious in a pathetic kind of way. The budget will never be reduced and the fact that the Mayor is part of the reasoning is laughable.

So let me get this straight, in order for him to get more money he's taking some away from his assistant? Sounds about right...

C'mon man, stop preaching about this "war on crime" it's not like anything in Williamsport is going to get better, the problems were let go for far too long, now it's just turning into a cesspool and all the good people will eventually leave...or get killed off.

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Dec-20-13 12:53 PM

If the mayor were any type of good mayor, he would refuse to have his salary raised in the interest of helping the city keep cost down and meet their budget goals.

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Dec-20-13 10:48 AM

"Distrust anyone in whom the desire to punish is powerful."

-F. Nietzsche

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Dec-20-13 10:48 AM

8 million dollars on police. Two more full time cops and more cars. Williamsport is a police state. And it doesn't help crime. People around here are mean, bigoted and don't mind having their rights violated with surveillance cameras set up all over the city.

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Dec-20-13 10:44 AM

"Next year, the mayor's salary rises from $67,440 to $69,125. His administrative aide salary drops from $28,840 to $24,638. The aide does not have the city health insurance policy"

What a sweet man. No, he's a Republican not a politician.

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Dec-20-13 7:24 AM

WeThePeople--Remember that property owners pay property tax to the city, the school district and county. So you may well pay a lot less to the city than $1,000 but still pay over a $1,000 total.

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Dec-20-13 7:08 AM

"11.58 mills of real estate tax collected or $1,158 a year for a house assessed at $100,000"

What?? I pay over $1000.00 a year in property tax, and I would be lucky if I can sell my house for $40.000 how often does a house get assessed??? I can't believe my house was EVER even assessed for more than $50.000!!!

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Dec-20-13 1:58 AM

My God these liberals spend so much money. No wonder why no business wants to settle in this area. Spending is out of control.

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