Jefferson County Commissioners Approve Budget With Tax Increase

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2017 budget at Tuesday’s meeting in Brookville.

County taxpayers will still see an increase in taxes – one-quarter mill – but the deficit was a little smaller than what was presented at the November 25 meeting. Debby Hacket, county Director of Finance, worked with the Commissioners to shave about $36,000.00 off, leaving the budget deficit at $569,448.00.

The tax rate is 12 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation. Even with the one-quarter mill increase, the budget deficit was still going to be nearly $125,000.00, but the budget will be balanced by using money from the reserve account.

“I want to thank everyone for all the time and work that went into the budget. It’s a lot of work, and I’m pretty proud of this budget for the first term,” Commissioner Jack Matson said.

Commissioners Herb Bullers Jr. and Matson were newly elected in 2015 while incumbent Jeff Pisarcik was re-elected.

The tax increase is the third in four years in Jefferson County. Two years ago, the millage increased by one-half mill.

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