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No tax increase in Centre County budget

BELLEFONTE — Centre County has a 2020 budget with no tax increase.

The commissioners unanimously passed the 2020 county budget in the amount of $84,333,038 of which $82,123,801 is for the operating budget and $2,209,237 is for capital reserve on Tuesday.

The commissioners also unanimously passed Resolution 19 of 2019, which enacts a tax levy and rate as follows: Total millage of 7.84 mills on real estate assessed valuation at the rate of taxation of 78 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation of taxable property. That millage rate means there will be no tax hike in Centre County for the ninth consecutive year.

The budget was originally presented to the board on Nov. 19. That was a followed by a 20-day public comment period. The budget was posted online and available for review in person. It did not receive any comments during that time, according to county administrator Margaret Gray.

However, during that time, the county’s director of financial management Tom Martin made some final tweaks to the budget before its final approval.

“The numbers are ever so slightly different than presented in the Nov. 19 meeting,” Gray noted.

The total amount that changed, according to Martin, was $31,228.

“On the revenue side, that increased by about $100,000 due to increases in real estate tax redemption,” Martin said.

The changes in expenditures, Martin said, were due to personnel changes.

“The total change between those two numbers is a little under $69,000,” Martin explained.

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