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O'Hara taxes could hold steady for 17th year

Tawnya Panizzi
| Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
George Sacco Park in O'Hara.
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George Sacco Park in O'Hara.

O'Hara residents can expect to pay the same property tax rate for the 17th consecutive year.

The proposed $17 million 2018 budget holds the tax rate at 1.725 mills, Manager Julie Jakubec said.

The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will again pay $172.50.

Councilman John Denny said 17 years with no tax increase is helped in large part by the township's RIDC Park.

“It is a terrific asset that generates a lot of revenue and jobs,” he said. “It really helps us provide great services and low taxes.”

Highlights of the budget include $7.7 million in capital improvements for the township. That covers $1.9 million in road work and $4.6 million in sewer rehab.

There will be about $4 million spent on Saxonburg Boulevard sewer line reconstruction to transfer homes away from failing septic systems, and there will be several smaller projects as well.

“The Saxonburg sewage project is the big ticket item,” Denny said. “This could lead to some development.”

In the Field Club Road area, there is a sewer line extension planned for 11 homes not served by public sewers. Work is expected to cost $120,000.

The budget also includes about $1.2 million for truck and equipment replacement for the township's public works department, and there is money budgeted for work in several township parks. About $15,000 will pay for resurfacing of the flex court at George Sacco Park and resealing of the basketball court at Squaw Valley.

Another $5,000 will pay to enhance the edible trail at Woodland Park. The project is a continuation of the trail that was installed this year for $10,000.

Jakubec said it is the first of its kind in the Lower Valley and includes bird-friendly habitats and trees marked with fruits and nuts.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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