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Montrose Revisits Earned Income Tax

More than six months after enacting a three-mill property tax increase in response to business owners’ protests, Montrose Borough Council will once again consider passing a one-percent earned income tax (EIT).

Both Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania, Inc. (Centrax) and Berkheimer Tax Administrator are courting the borough, hoping to administrate a tax that could bring in as much as $250,000. Borough Secretary Annette Rogers said both companies charge approximately the same fee – around two percent – but Berkheimer’s EIT collection estimates are significantly higher ($250,000) than Centrax’s ($190,000 first year’s high estimate).

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Great Bend Hears Cell Tower Facts

At their last meeting, the Great Bend Township supervisors heard from a group of Harmony Road residents, concerned about a cell tower possibly being placed in close proximity to their homes. At the June 5 supervisors’ meeting, the news was not good.

Secretary/supervisor Sheila Guinan reported that she had done extensive research on the subject. Unfortunately, the township does not have zoning regulations, and there is no county zoning concerning cell towers other than a requirement of a setback of a collapsible distance plus 15 feet. As the towers are designed to collapse within themselves, only a 15-foot setback is required.

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