New Kensington proposed budget contains no property tax increase
New Kensington residents' property taxes will not increase next year under the preliminary budget approved by council Wednesday night.
The property tax rate for 2013 will remain at 27.03 mills, Mayor Tom Guzzo said.
Guzzo and Councilman Todd Mentecki, who oversees city finances, said there are no significant cost increases in the $7.24 million budget.
Expenses are projected to go up about $100,000 from this year's budget.
Guzzo and Mentecki said an estimated 1.5 percent rise in expenses results from routine increases in insurance rates, salaries and benefits.
Guzzo said there will be no layoffs or other major cuts. In fact, the city recently hired three new public works employees and hopes to fill a police officer vacancy soon and add a parks employee next summer.
Mentecki praised all city departments for managing their budgets: “Everybody's been extremely diligent through difficult economic times.”
“We are getting less money from outside sources and making due with what we have,” Guzzo said.
The city again plans to borrow $1.2 million in the form of a tax-anticipation loan to cover expenses at the beginning of the new year until tax revenue begins to arrive.
In other business
• Council approved the purchase of a new pavilion to replace one destroyed by fire in May 2011.
Councilman Doug Aftanas said the cost of the $32,000 pavilion from Jeffrey Associates of Indiana Township will be paid through a combination of insurance and federal Community Development Block Grant money.
Aftanas is hopeful the pavilion can be installed in the spring.
Meanwhile, the installation of a prefabricated bathroom to replace the one burned in a separate fire in 2010 remains on hold until the deteriorating bridge at the park entrance can be replaced.
The span over Little Pucketa Creek is estimated to be 70 years old and likely can't support the weight of the equipment needed to bring in the bathroom building.
City Clerk Dennis Scarpiniti said city engineer Tony Males is completing the specifications for a new bridge. Once it's done, city officials can estimate the cost and determine when and how the bridge will be replaced.
• The inaugural Winter Festival last weekend went very well and served as a kickoff to the city's holiday events, Guzzo said.
New Kensington's light-up night will be Nov. 30. The tree-lighting ceremony will begin about 5:30 p.m. at Central City Plaza, followed at 6 p.m. by the third annual community dinner that Guzzo sponsors in the No. 1 fire hall on Fourth Avenue.
The next day, the city's holiday parade will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 on Barnes Street. Aftanas said a reception with Santa Claus after the parade will be located at the Westmoreland County Community College campus this year instead of city hall.
Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Duquesne University football player died by suicide
- Steelers not limiting themselves in free agency
- Rossi: Pirates must pay for Mr. Right
- Arrogant media elites mock Middle America
- National Weather Service predicts up to 7 inches of snow before Sunday night
- Pittsburgh police searching for man who shot juvenile in Allentown
- Burnett’s farewell tour wishlist has just 1 item: Pirates World Series
- Winnik impresses Penguins in first workout
- Under Rutherford, it’s been a sizeable shakeup for Penguins
- Coyotes proliferate despite year-round hunting
- Police investigating shooting at Strip District club