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Blair 2022 budget holds taxes steady

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners introduced the 2022 budget on Tuesday that’s supported by current real estate tax levies.

Finance Director Jennifer Sleppy advised commissioners that she made some adjustments within the spending plan after Friday’s presentation meeting.

But those adjustments, she said, didn’t change the $58.28 million projected for expenses or the $57.96 million projected for revenue.

The budget deficit of $321,103 will be covered with reserve funds that have been increasing in recent years.

Based on Sleppy’s report, the county’s unassigned general fund balance — a term associated with reserve money that has not been earmarked for any specific expense — is projected to reach $13.78 million by the end of 2021. The fund balance at the end of 2020, identified in the county’s audit completed earlier this year, was $11.61 million.

“That’s the healthiest unassigned general fund balance since I’ve been here,” said Bruce Erb, who is finishing his sixth year as a commissioner.

The budget shows real estate taxes at 4.097 mills, generating an estimated $31.98 million. That equates to a county real estate tax bill of $409.70 for a taxpayer with a property assessed at $100,000.

Sleppy has posted a 198-page document under the finance department’s section of the county website, at www.blairco.org. Her document describes the 2022 budget and shows changes in annual spending categories since 2018.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the budget adoption during the Dec. 28 meeting.

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