That revenue loss comes from a lack of state aid and Act 13 monies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according Matt Aikey, Old Lycoming Township manager.
The one-mill tax increase will set real estate taxes at 5.71 mills, or $571 per $100,00 of assessed property value. The general fund total is $3,707,238, with an expected $256,963 in American Rescue Plan funds.
According to township secretary Amy Hammaker, Berkheimer will not receive any kind of pay from the township, and will instead take half of the penalties.
In other news, the township supervisors unanimously agreed to switch to Berkheimer Tax Collectors, a third party collection service for late business privilege and mercantile taxes.
The Old Lycoming Township supervisors voted to increase its tax collection by a one mill increase to compensate for a projected $328,000 shortfall in its budget.
“We regret we have to do it and have lost $600,000 (over the last year) due to COVID. With the price of everything increasing, we just couldn’t find anything else around it,” said Linda Mazullo, township supervisor.
The supervisors also appointed Hammaker as the liaison between the township and Berkheimer, while they voted to appoint Berkheimer as the township’s collector of delinquent business privilege and mercantile taxes as well as the township’s tax hearing officer.
The Old Lycoming Township also adopted the proposed $5.8 million budget.
In other news, the township supervisors approved the destruction of 628 adult arrest records that are older than 20 years old. Supervisors will next meet Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the township’s municipal building.
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