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No Property Tax Hike For Plymouth Twp.

January 15, 2019 GMT

PLYMOUTH TWP. — Plymouth Twp. will keep property tax rates unchanged in 2019. The millage rate will stay at 1.386 mills, which means the annual township tax bill for a $100,000 property will be $138.60. Property tax rates have not increased since 2002, said Gale Conrad, chairwoman of the board of supervisors. The township’s earned income tax, which it raised when it was in financially distressed status, will remain at 2 percent. Of that total, 1.5 percent goes to the township and 0.5 percent goes to Greater Nanticoke Area School District. In 2004, the township entered distressed financial status, referred to as Act 47 status after the law that created tools to help municipal governments improve their finances. In 2016, the township left distressed status. Municipal finances are in good shape now, Conrad said. As it dealt with its financial health, the township also managed the aftermath of several floods. Buyouts from various agencies have purchased properties from residents whose homes were repeatedly flooded. After they are demolished, the township owns the land, and it can not be built on again. The owners of 70 structures have agreed to buyouts since 2006. Demolitions have been ongoing, and there are 18 more structures scheduled for demolition as of Monday. It’s helped residents leave a stressful situation, Conrad said. “You live that once and you don’t want to live that again,” she said. New construction elsewhere in the township has offset the property taxes lost to demolished homes. A new home might generate five times the tax revenue that a frequently flooded property contributed, she said. Contact the writer: bwellock@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2051, @ CVBillW