COCHRANTON — The borough is expected to keep borough real estate taxes unchanged for the sixth year in a row.

Borough Council gave preliminary approval to a $1.2 million budget for 2020 that keeps borough real estate taxes at 14.25 mills and doesn't change water, sewer and garbage rates. Council voted 6-0 in favor of the budget with Councilman David Staples absent from Monday's meeting. A final vote on the 2020 budget is expected at Borough Council's Dec. 2 meeting.

With a borough property tax rate of 14.25 mills, borough real estate taxes are $334.88 for a property with an assessed value of $23,500 — Crawford County's median assessment.

The budget has no rate changes for water, sewer and garbage collection for 2020, according to Barb Opatrny, borough manager.

The minimum rate for water service remains at $32.75 a month with the minimum rate for sewage at $57 per month — with both bills based on usage.

Garbage collection remains a flat fee of $19.50 per month with weekly unlimited trash pickup at the curb. Voluntary recycling on an alternating week basis is included in the garbage collection fee.

The borough's wage tax rate remains at 1 percent, Opatrny said. The local services tax remains at $52 annually for everyone earning $12,000 or more from employers doing business in the borough, she said.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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