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Council addresses several issues

April 9, 2014

At a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, Councilman Gary Anderson stated several residents who receive Social Security voiced their concern about the increase in their taxes.
Anderson emphasized the increase was through the county and not the city as the city's tax portion has not increased since 2011.
Greene said he will post a notice on the front doors of City Hall noting the increase was not implemented by the city.
City Solicitor Tom Wagner, who also acts as the solicitor for the Elk County Commissioners, said there is a big difference between city and county tax revenue. He stated the county taxes real estate, consisting of a limited tax base, and a $5 per capita tax whereas the city imposes a property/real estate tax and earned income tax.
Anderson noted Social Security recipients saw a 1.5-percent cost of living increase which took effect in January.

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