West Deer may revisit budget at April meeting
By George Guido
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1:11 a.m.
The West Deer board of supervisors will set this year's real estate tax millage rate and possibly modify its budget at an April 17 public hearing.
The hearing begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the supervisors' regular business meeting.
Tax millage rates are usually set by Dec. 31 of the preceding year. But Allegheny County experienced a court-ordered reassessment last year and with the extraordinary number of appeals by homeowners and businesses, municipalities didn't know what the final property values were until recently.
Municipalities aren't allowed to raise taxes more than 5 percent in what's called an anti-windfall provision.
Regardless of the millage rate set, some property owners will see their taxes increase while others may have their taxes fall.
That depends upon the new assessment that a property received last year.
Road repairs slated
Supervisors on Wednesday night approved a list of roads to be repaired this year.
Set for improvements this year are McIntyre, Cemetery, Hunter, Anna Dale, Itinger, Far, White and Berger roads.
Youngblood Construction of Wampum will do the work.
The township has $585,000 to spend on road repairs — $430,000 of which is state liquid fuels funds provided by the state.
Other roads could be added to the list if there is money left over.
This year's liquid fuels allotment should arrive around April 1. The road work will begin soon after that.
Township officials were pleased that the road asphalt price with Youngblood dropped from $88 per ton last year to $78 per ton.The money also will be used for drainage and guardrail installation.
Residents lauded for heroism, public service
Two township residents were commended by supervisors on Wednesday.
Firefighter Miste Wiegand was recognized for reporting to a Jan. 20 fire on Dawn Road and rescuing occupants before other fire personnel arrived.
Officials said her quick actions “saved multiple lives.”
Pat Aber was honored for her many years of service on the township's parks and recreation board and “her remarkable volunteerism for West Deer.”
New business coming
Allison Park Contractors will be relocating from Hampton to West Deer.
Supervisors approved a site plan to move the location to 4383 Gibsonia Road, the location of a former asphalt plant.
A company spokesman said it has outgrown its former location.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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