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Penn Hills adopts balanced budget with no tax hike

Dillon Carr
| Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Penn Hills Municipal Building on Frankstown Road.
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Penn Hills Municipal Building on Frankstown Road.

Penn Hills council unanimously adopted a budget for 2018 that keeps the tax rate at 5.44 mills.

The spending plan includes revenue of $27.8 million and expenses of $30.7 million. The budget was balanced by using $2.9 million of a $4 million surplus in the general fund.

With a tax rate that has not changed in six years, Mayor Sara Kuhn said the next step is figure out how to avoid financial problems in 2019. Manager Mohammed Rayan has warned that the municipality will deplete its general fund reserves and face a deficit without a tax increase or other measures to control spending next year.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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