No tax increase in Verona
By Kate Wilcox
Published: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, 1:26 a.m.
Verona residents won't pay a tax increase next year.
Officials voted 5-2 Thursday to pass a final $1.3 million budget for 2013 that holds taxes steady at 8.0 mills, but not everyone is happy with the final product.
Council members Rhoda Gemellas-Worf and Sandra Drabicki-Bell dissented.
“Basically, because we don't know what we have and don't have,” Drabicki-Bell said. “They call it a budget, I don't believe it is a budget.”
She said she would like to see a detailed month-to-date and year-to-date list of revenues and expenditures.
Drabicki-Bell said that nearly $30,000 for a matching grant for the borough streetscape project was not included in the budget.
Borough Manager Bonnie Conway said that during the morning voting meeting, some council members were upset that the money was not included in the budget, but did not add it in.
Conway said she did not know where the money would come from.
Council member Tony Futules, who voted for the budget, said he did not see any problems with the 2013 final budget or the way it was presented.
“Everything is fine,” he said. “I don't know why they won't vote for it. Five people understood it and voted for it.”
Futules said he was under the impression that the streetscape committee should come up with the $30,000 funds and that it is not a borough project.
The Business District Action Committee, a branch of the county‘s Allegheny Together Initiative, plans to use grant money to replace lighting, plant trees and install planters and benches in the borough‘s business district.
The committee has received a $143,000 county grant, with matching funds of $21,450 from the borough. The project area will include the main block of Allegheny River Boulevard and East Railroad Avenue, and Center Avenue, South Avenue and James Street, which cross the boulevard and East Railroad.
Without matching funds, Drabicki-Bell said she did not know what the streetscape committee would do.
“I guess we're going to find out,” she said.
Kate Wilcox is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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.
- Valley’s marina owners ready to repair ice-damaged docks
- Fear of building collapse closes Tarentum road
- Development involving former Heights Elementary to expand
- Manufacturing course opens Knoch students’ eyes
- Allegheny Township board approves RV sales lot on Route 356
- Prospective Eagle Scouts line up for Lower Burrell community projects
- Tax delinquency’s impact varies in Valley
- Harmar bald eagles get crack at parenting
- With no money for upkeep, Prospect Cemetery Association board to disband
- Charges against police chief have Springdale mayor crying foul
- New Kensington-Arnold board debates dress code