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Juniata Co. to see hike in real estate tax in 2021

Millage rate to rise by 2.25 mills for next year

MIFFLINTOWN – During their regular business meeting Tuesday morning, the Juniata County Commissioners approved a tentative budget for fiscal year 2021, which includes an increased real-estate millage rate.

The new rate will be 25 mills. Currently the real-estate millage rate in Juniata County is 22.75 mills, an amount the commissioners noted has gone unchanged in 12 years.

One mill is equivalent to $1 per $1,000 of property value. That means a property valued at $50,000 would see a tax increase next year of $112.50.

During the public comment period Tuesday Commissioner Alice Gray reiterated the statements made during last week’s meeting about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want everyone to please stay safe,” Gray said. “Be aware of your surroundings. Please social distance. Please wear masks. Limit your travel as much as possible. But our important message to you is to take of yourself, your family, your loved ones and please stay safe.”

Commissioner Mark Partner said that he mirrored Gray’s statement and also added “Be aware and be respectful of folks that you are around. In today’s world it gets a little challenging so just be care and be safe.”

“Be cognizant of your fellow citizens and their health conditions. So be respectful of that and try to do what’s right to keep everyone safe,” commissioner Todd Graybill added.

The following action was also taken during the meeting.

¯Approved the agreement with Perfection Commercial Cleaning, LLC. to provide cleaning services at Juniata County Children & Youth Services at a total cost of $975.00 per month. The term of the agreement is July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

¯Approved the “Purchase of Service Agreements” between Juniata County Children and Youth Services, the Juniata County Probation Department, and the entities listed. The contracts shall be in force and effect from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 inclusive. Common Sense Adoption & Foster Care Services, Outside In School of Experiential Education, Inc., George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania

¯Approved the following 2020 allocation request for Liquid Fuel Funds: Greenwood Township $2,626.18; Thompsontown Borough $1,306.88.

¯Approved the tax exonerations for Milford and Walker Townships as per the material provided.

¯Approved the appointment of Mrs. Shirley A. Saner of 10341 William Penn Highway, Thompsontown, PA 17049 to the Juniata County Conservation District Board of Directors to fill the remaining three-year Public Director term of Mr. Seth T. Moseby whose term expired on December 31, 2019. Mrs. Saner, whose term will begin on January 1, 2021, has been nominated by Penn State Extension office for appointment. Mrs. Saner’s current four-year term expires on December 31, 2020.

¯Approved the appointment of Mr. Jeremiah J. Trout of 623 Washington Ave., Mifflintown, PA 17059 to a four-year Public Director term on the Juniata County Conservation District Board of Directors. Mr. Trout, whose term will begin on January 1, 2021, has been nominated by the Penn State Extension office for appointment and will be filling the board seat of Mrs. Shirley A. Saner whose current term expires on December 31, 2020.

¯Approve the renewal agreement between Juniata County and Delta Dental for employee dental insurance. The contract period is January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022 and contains a 0% rate increase

¯Ratified the CDBG-IDIS check as submitted by the Juniata County Planning and Community Development Department. #1259 $634.31 cb3 Solutions, LLC. Project Costs

¯Ratified the Home Housing Rehab Project check as submitted by the Juniata County Planning and Community Development Department. #369 $2,400.00 BK Bower Project Costs.

¯Ratified payment of checks #59927 – #60003 in the amount of $115,937.82.

¯Approved payment of checks #60004 – #60029 in the amount of $131,412.69.

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