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Saxonburg's proposed budget keeps taxes in check

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 1:16 a.m.

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.

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