In their November agenda, Dorrance officials lead by Chairman Gary
Zane proposed a 2014 Budget with
a tight rein on taxes. Representing a total of $551,957 in income and expenses, the fiscal plan shows
taxes remaining at .0064 mills or $64 for every $100,000 in assessed value
for the third consecutive year. The balanced blueprint shows anticipated
income of $465,150 in local funds and $86,807 in proposed state
road funds. The 2014 version includes approximately $23, 000 more
than the 2013 total of $528,924. Topping the plus column is earned income at $240,000 with property taxes
staying at $109,000 for the year. As a result of revisions to the county earned
income tax efforts, collections have
stabilized and the flow is more consistent under contracted collector H. A. Berkheimer.
Expenses are dominated by road issues, with estimates of $128,000 dedicated
from general funds along with the state funds. Targeted to road management,
funds will also be used for equipment maintenance listed at
$15,000 and $4,000 budgeted for street lights.
Still on the expenditure roster, insurance costs are pegged at $
102,000 and administration totals show $91,000 in anticipated expenses.
The detailed budget report incorporates
recycling and spring cleanup costs of just under $10,000. In
October the popular recycling program drew 569 cars and received $
31 in donations.
The board agreed to donations of $
11,000 to the volunteer fire company and $5,000 to the ambulance. State fire relief payments are expected in the amount of $13,000.
The budget will be considered for
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