HOLLIDAYSBURG - Hollidaysburg Borough Council is getting a jump start on budget season, but is holding back for now when it comes to taxes after passing a 2011 preliminary budget Thursday with no tax increase.
Council will do all it can "to hold the line on taxes," President John Stultz said.
Millage has not increased in the borough since 2005.
A meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council chambers will get into the "meats and potatoes" of the budget, Stultz said. The process is starting early to accommodate a public viewing period to follow the budget's formal introduction at November's Council meeting, which was moved to Nov. 18 because of Veterans' Day.
Borough residents Barry Bidelspach and Paul Plummer, a former council member, said older residents cannot afford a tax increase after another year with no increases in Social Security.
Plummer's suggestions for balancing the budget without an increase included eliminating staff and cutting financial ties with the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership.
Bidelspach said taxes on his home have quadrupled in the last 30 years.
During a previous budget work session, raising mills by 3.75 for 2011 - 0.75 mills for street lights, 1 mill for debt service and 2 mills for the general fund - was suggested as a possible way to help make up negative balances of $15,000 and $7,000 in the borough's debt service and street light funds, respectively.
Council plans to adopt the final budget in December.
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