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Heidelberg approves lower millage rate

| Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 7:50 p.m.

The millage in Heidelberg will go down this year, but residents' tax bills may not.

By a 5-0 vote, borough council approved the rate of 6.95 mills at its meeting Jan. 15.

The new rate represents about an 18 percent decrease from the 2012 rate. However, whether residents' tax bills drop or go up depends on their new property value under the 2012 Allegheny County reassessment.

Heidelberg will collect more revenue in real estate taxes in 2013. Council voted in December to collect 5 percent more in millage this year to use for reassessment appeal refunds.

The new rate takes the extra 5 percent of collection into account, manager Joe Kauer said.

No per capita tax

While Heidelberg will collect more in real estate taxes this year, the borough won't collect another type of tax.

The borough reached an agreement with tax collector Jordan Tax Service not to collect per capita tax from residents.

The tax, a $5 charge levied on borough residents 18 and older, typically grosses about $2,800 annually, Kauer said. However, this year, the borough had a balanced budget without needing the tax.

All other Act 511 taxes, including the earned income and occupation taxes, will be collected.

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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