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Carroll Passes Town Budget With No Tax Increase

FREWSBURG — At one point, there was a tax rate hike proposed in the 2021 town of Carroll budget.

However, after generating some additional revenues, there will not be a tax rate increase in the town next year.

On Wednesday, the board held a special work session meeting and a public hearing on the proposed budget. After the meeting and public hearing, the board approved next year’s spending plan.

Russell Payne, town supervisor, said the tax rate next year will be the same as it was this year — $5.94 per $1,000 assessed property value. He said, with the sale of a 35-acre parcel of land known as the “brush dump” for $50,000 and the sale of some equipment for another $10,000, the board was able to reduce a potential 26-cent tax rate increase to zero.

Despite keeping the tax rate flat, the tax levy will increase more than $20,000 over the tax cap. Earlier this month, the board approved overriding the state’s tax cap. Payne said, at one point, the town was going to eclipse the tax cap by $45,000, but the final approved budget included only going over the limit by $20,000.

Payne said the approved spending plan still included the creation of a new town position — an assistant code enforcement officer. Earlier this month, Payne said the town was in need of creating a new position to assist the zoning and code enforcement officer. He said that several residents have asked for properties in the town to be brought to zoning and code enforcement law compliance.

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