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State College Council Keeps Municipal Tax Rates Flat, Approves Student-Housing Limit

on December 20, 2011 4:35 PM

For a third consecutive year, State College borough taxpayers will see no increase in the municipality's tax rates.

Borough Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a $21 million general-fund budget for 2012. The spending plan, which counts on $20.23 million in anticipated revenues and $743,000 from an unreserved fund balance, includes no tax increases.

The budget process has been relatively uneventful for the borough this year. The budget's passage on Monday marked little more than a formality, the details having been ironed out over the past several weeks.

Also Monday, the council passed unanimously an amendment to the borough Student Home Rule. Supported by a number of neighborhood activists, the amendment has increased the required distance among houses dubbed "student homes" in single-family-oriented neighborhoods.

Until now, the 15-year-old rule mandated that student homes be at least three 75-foot lot widths apart. The amendment has grown that standard to nine lot widths for any newly designated student homes.

Before the amendment adoption, borough neighborhoods governed under the rule could have accommodated about 36 more student homes. Nearly 300 student homes are already registered in the borough. Those already registered will be grandfathered as long as they maintain their student-home registrations.

Earlier coverage of the Student Home Rule matter -- and of the budget -- is included in the prior reports linked below.

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