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Carlisle residents likely to see tax hike in 2013

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Carlisle residents could see their property taxes go up in 2013 if the current budget proposal is passed by the end of the year.

The borough is facing a deficit of approximately $350,000, so council members are trying to hash out last minute cuts to avoid raising taxes.

The budget calls for a seven percent property tax hike, which equates to $22 for every $100,000 of assessed value.

Council is calling this a "fire tax," since the revenue generated will directly to pay for fire services. It will free up about $300,000 that would normally be allotted to the fire department, which will go back into the general operating fund.

Some residents are questioning why Council isn't tapping into some of its untouched reserves.

"They already have money in the general fund that they're not going to touch. How much do they need in the general fund? That's just in the case of an emergency," resident Betty Julias said. "Well, I have money in my general fund, too, but that might have to go out for taxes this year."

Council will continue their budget talks Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. They will present a final budget to the public in early December and will have to vote on it by the end of the year.

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