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Carnegie set to vote on budget; no tax hike planned

| Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

Carnegie Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 28 in the borough building to approve the general fund budget for 2018.

The proposed $6.5 million budget is expected to keep the tax rate at 6.75 mills, which will generate nearly $2.34 million.

During the Dec. 11 voting meeting, Councilman Phil Boyd asked fellow council members if they could recall the last time the borough had a tax increase.

Councilman Mike Sarsfield, who was elected in 2007, remembers one of his first years on council that officials lowered the tax by 0.25 mill. He said the millage was increased by 0.25 mill the following year and has remained at that level ever since.

The budget includes $100,000 to finalize phase two upgrades in Carnegie Park — which includes the installation of a new basketball court — and to begin the third phase of park improvements.

The borough will receive a matching grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to help with the park project.

Borough officials also have earmarked $50,000 to continue with improvements of the streetscape project along East and West Main streets.

The streetscape work will include updates to the lighting, garbage and recycling receptacles, seating and green space.

Officials also have budgeted $76,000 for the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall — an increase of $6,000 from last year.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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