No tax increase in Millcreek preliminary budget

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ERIE, Pa. — Millcreek Township supervisors presented its preliminary budget for 2017 with no tax increase.

The budget introduced Tuesday morning also includes a new process that was implemented this year that required department heads to build from scratch what it would cost to run their departments.

Mark Zaksheske, Millcreek treasurer, said it worked well.

“One, it creates more accountability across the board to the department heads,” Zaksheske said. “And also, two, it provides more transparency to the citizens of the township.”

The Zaksheske said revenue for 2017 was stagnant but because of health care and pension costs decreasing for 2017 the budget is able to stay balanced without any tax increases.

The budget also did not include county gaming revenue since the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional and no action has been taking by legislators yet. But the supervisors said that’s a relatively small part of the overall $30.4 million budget.

The supervisors said they’re happy they were able to hold the line on taxes and still be able to provide first-class services to residents.

The budget is expected to be adopted during the Dec. 27 meeting given no changes.

For a copy of the preliminary budget, click here

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