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ARPA Funds Allow City of Altoona to Hold the Line on 2023 Taxes
city of Altoona
received almost $40 million in one-time American Rescue Plan Act funds, a federal pandemic aid program that handed a life-line to large and small municipalities across the country.
Without the ARPA money,
“there would be an operational deficit,”
City Manager Omar Strohm
told the Altoona Mirror,
speaking about the city's no-property-tax increase 2023 budget.
Altoona, one of eight case study municipalities in PEL's,
"It's Not 1965 Anymore: State Tax Laws Fail to Meet Municipal Revenue Needs,"
was able to bring back employees cut during the pandemic, fund its capital plan and build up its fund balance.
But high inflation and the normal cost of doing business makes the future uncertain for the former Act 47 city in rural Blair County, where both median housing values and post-secondary degrees are half of the state's values.
t's Not 1965 Anymore: State Tax Laws Fail to Meet Municipal Revenue Needs was generously funded by the Pennsylvania Municipal League
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