No Tax Increase In Nuangola’s Proposed Budget
By REBECCA SODERGREN
Correspondent

Nuangola council has proposed a budget that requires no tax increases in 2018.

Real estate millage remains at .444 percent, meaning a property owner would pay $44.40 on a property valued at $100,000. The earned income tax rate remains at 1 percent.

Council will vote on the proposed 2018 budget at its meeting at 7 p. m. Monday, Dec. 18, at the municipal building. December’s meeting has been rescheduled from council’s usual meeting time on the second Tuesday of the month.

Nuangola’s proposed budget is split into two separate budgets: the liquid fuels budget and the budget for everything else. Nuangola’s liquid fuels money –the money the state gives the borough for road maintenance and repairs –is kept in a separate bank account.

The proposed general budget lists both income and expenditures at $202,050. This figure is $13,060 higher than 2017’s budget, but real estate transfer taxes, fines, trash collection and zoning fees are projected to bring in increased revenue in 2018.

Nuangola’s expected 2018 income will come from real estate taxes ($37,000), real estate transfer taxes ($14,000), earned income tax ($66,000), the state firemen’s relief fund ($4,700), fines ($1,500), charges for zoning and trash collection ($69,000), and other taxes and receipts. The trash collection funds are used to pay County Waste, which holds borough’s trash collection contract, as well as to pay for dumpsters and costs associated with recycling at the borough building. At the November council meeting, President Joseph Tucker noted that even though the borough collects more funds from borough residents than it pays out to County Waste, “we’re not making a penny” on trash collection because other costs are factored in as well.

The largest expenditures in the budget are for trash disposal ($51,000), public works ($36,300), police ($30,000) and insurance ($14,000).

Other expenditures include: $9,000 for utilities, $7,400 for the borough secretary’s wages, $7,000 for legal services, $6,000 contribution to the fire department, which includes the $4,700 received from the state’s firemen’s relief fund as well as some of the borough’s own funds, $5,000 for the zoning and planning commission, $5,000 for sanitation, $4,000 for parks and recreation, $3,600 for the zoning officer’s wages, $3,500 for the borough’s audit, $3,500 for payroll taxes, $3,360 in wages for council members, $2,000 for emergency management, $1,800 for tax collection, $1,500 for office supplies, computer supplies and postage, $1,500 for physical plant maintenance and repairs, $1,500 for cleaning services, $1,200 for the borough engineer’s services, $1,000 in recycling center wages. At the November meeting, Councilman Mark Gandzyk said the borough’s arrangement for the recycling center is still undetermined for next year. County Waste is now collecting curbside recycling from residents, so