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Scottdale accepts tentative budget; no tax hike expected

| Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Scottdale Borough residents will, more than likely, not see an increase in their property taxes next year.

A motion was passed at a special budget meeting this week to accept a tentative budget and advertise it.

Scottdale council went over the line items in the proposed 2013 budget that show total revenues at $1,721,747.81, total expenditures at $1,720,644.29, and a surplus of $1,103.52.

On the revenue side, major contributors are real estate taxes budgeted at $538,904; earned income taxes budgeted at $360,000; cable television franchise fee of $65,000; and refuse franchise fee of $134,500, which make up nearly three-quarters of the borough's revenues.

The police department is the borough's biggest expense, with a total department budget of $557,784.19, which includes salaries, overtime, medical benefits, supplies and equipment.

Another big expense is the budgeted $227,177.37 in the executive line item, which includes the borough manager's salary, secretary's salary as well as medical costs and other benefits, workmen's compensation, office supplies, travel expenses, insurance packages, advertising, phone and postage.

The highway maintenance portion also is a big ticket item in expenditures with $285,582.14 budgeted for such things as street crew salaries, overtime, vehicle repairs, supplies, gas, oil and grease, as well as Social Security, medicare and unemployment compensation.

The proposed budget has $130,000 in the paving line item since the borough did not do a paving project this year.

Under legal services, the borough budgeted $3,300 for its solicitor's retainer, approximately $24,000 for other legal fees and approximately $3,000 for ordinance codification.

Engineering costs are set at $6,800. One of the big ticket items under municipal buildings is a $55,000 line item for a new salt shed that will be built.

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said he was happy with the whole budget process this year. “I think we got a good budget,” he said. “I think we work well together.”

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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