The Borough of Mifflinburg is one of only 35 municipalities in Pennsylvania that provide electric service to residents. The Borough distributes and sells electricity within its corporate limits, which provides revenue to support municipal services to residents. Most other municipalities in the Commonwealth must charge a real estate tax to manage their budgets. Mifflinburg’s revenue structure helps spread the Borough’s costs over the entire population rather than just property owners. At the current time, Mifflinburg Borough does not impose a real estate tax.
The Borough began providing electricity in 1902 using power generated by a hydraulic power plant located near Millmont. In September of 1907, electric meters were installed and in 1931 a new substation was built at which time the Borough began to purchase power from Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. The Borough continues to purchase power on behalf of the residents today. The current provider 5is American Municipal Power (AMP) in Ohio.
The Borough works to provide its residents with reliable, competitively priced power. This practice allows the Borough to keep re-investing in our community rather than in a shareholder’s pocket. It also helps to keep the control local since this approach allows local elected officials to regulate the costs and policies for operation of the electric system.