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Bridgeville officials still waiting to set final tax rate

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:08 p.m.

Bridgeville residents should know their new tax rate by next month.

The borough's property tax rate now stands at 6.75 mills. However, Bridgeville still is receiving assessment appeal information from Allegheny County, said Manager Lori Collins.

“This is holding things up, but that's OK,” she said. The borough will need to wait “another month or so” before any final decisions are made on the 2013 millage rate, Collins said.

The millage will be lowered, but Collins would not venture to guess what it might be.

“Until all of this is cleared up, we can wait and probably will wait to see what we will do,” she said.

“I have no idea at this point. That's a month away, maybe a little less. The main thing is, residents will be paying less in (property taxes) and they will know what they will be paying well in advance of when the bills go out,” she said.

The Collier Board of Commissioners also took its time in passing a new millage rate. Although the board passed its $6.2 million spending plan in December, the commissioners waited until last month to lower the rate from 3.5 to 2.73 mills.

Bridgeville's 2013 budget totals $2,547,108. It was passed in December.

The police department (including eight full-time and three full-time officers) was allotted $774,449. Police Chief Chad King is set to make $78,322 in 2013.

The public works and administration departments will work with $296,418 and $159,136, respectively.

The latest the borough can wait is 10 days before tax bills are sent out at the beginning of July, Collins said.

Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or jwidmer@tribweb.com.

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