Saxonburg's proposed budget keeps taxes in check
Real estate taxes will stay the same in Saxonburg next year.
Borough Council approved a proposed $646,600 budget with a real estate tax rate of 20.66 mills.
The budget is $8,000 more than this year.
The budget will be on display at the borough building until Dec. 4, when council is expected to adopt a final budget.
The borough will be searching for a new bank.
Citizens Bank reportedly will initiate a new set of fees next month, and the borough is seeking proposals from other banks.
When a new bank is selected, the borough will drop an internal service fund-checking account it owns with the sewage authority that is designed to serve both entities.
Council will send proposals to various legal firms to compare charges of solicitor Michael Gallagher's firm, Murrin, Taylor, Flach, Gallagher & May, with those of others.
1st part of Main St. work done
Main Street project manager Robert Kaltenhauser said the first phase of the Main Street renovation is completed.
A new street and sidewalks with a strip of grass abutting the curbs have been installed, along with new streetlight poles. New underground utility lines were part of the project.
Residents and business owners along the street soon will get a letter outlining required maintenance such as using a calcium-based salt for icy days, rather than traditional rock salt that can damage concrete.
Kaltenhauser said 108 holly bushes and 25 pear trees have been planted.
In other business
• Officials said a new business or professional building could be coming to town.
A parcel nearly right across Main Street from the borough building and Fox Funeral Home is in the process of being sold by Omega Properties to an undisclosed developer.
The new developer is boring the site in an attempt to find buried building materials from a previous residence.
Public works Superintendent Thomas Knights said the land is zoned for a commercial or professional services such as a dentist or an accountant.
• The new light poles along Main Street will require a new type of Christmas lights.
Residents can drop off donations to the borough to help pay for new, lighted garlands that will decorate the poles. The Saxonburg Historic and Recreation Commission will help pay for the lighting.
Officials said donations are tax-deductible.
• The borough will pay $62.50 per ton for road salt this winter.
George Guido 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.
- Arnold man to stand trial in overdose death
- Pittsburgh Street in Springdale to close April 10
- ‘I-Run Days’ helps promote student fitness, self-esteem
- S. Buffalo to draw on survey
- GOP candidates for Butler County commissioner call for civility
- Winfield Road work waits
- Harmar eagles abandon their nest
- Allegheny Township dentist to help those in need on mission trip to Belize
- Vandergrift Sons of America gives back to the community
- Apollo to assess owners of vacant properties
- Oakmont Dems endorse council convert