Heidelberg approves lower millage rate
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 email@example.com.
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 â 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.