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Scott Township board sets tax rate

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 9:32 p.m.

Scott Township's Board of Commissioners took care of two lingering issues at its last meeting of the year Dec. 27.

In unanimous votes, the board approved a 2013 budget of $9.9 million and set the property tax rate for the year at 4.457 mills, a drop from 5 mills in 2012.

The tax rate breaks down to 4.3794 mills for Scott's general purpose fund and .0776 for the library. It was set after the township received certified assessment values from Allegheny County, but the ongoing appeals process could result in some problems.

“We still have a concern about all of the assessment appeals that are coming in, and we're hoping that the millage rate we set will coincide with all of the appeals we receive,” manager Denise Fitzgerald said.

The budget includes:

• $2,949,141 for the township's police department, an increase of $178,615 from 2012.

• $508,170 for fire protection.

• $2,161,754 for public works, an increase of $746,246 from a year ago. Road construction and rebuilding projects accounted for a large portion of the increase.

Overall, the budget could use $1.7 million from its fund balance, leaving it with $3 at year's end. However, Fitzgerald said that is a worst-case estimate.

“I'm very conservative on revenues and aggressive on expenditures” when making a budget, she said.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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