Bridgeville Council to finalize property tax rate
Bridgeville Council plans to vote in April on a lower millage.
Council voted unanimously at its March 11 meeting to advertise the new real estate tax rate of 5.5 mills, an 18.5 percent decrease from the current rate of 6.75 mills.
Council members are scheduled to vote on the new rate at their April 8 meeting.
Manager Lori Collins said determining a new rate, a difficult task in many municipalities because of the ongoing Allegheny County reassessment appeals process, was especially hard for Bridgeville.
“We're just billed out,” she said. “Real estate taxes, for us, are paramount in keeping our borough moving forward.”
Though the rate is dropping, borough officials anticipate collecting more tax money in 2013.
Municipalities are permitted to collect up to 5 percent more in real estate tax money the year after a reassessment, and, Collins said, the new rate will keep Bridgeville within that 5 percent “windfall” allowance.
“Everything's still a little uncertain because the appeals are still coming in, but we're pretty certain we'll be within the 5 percent,” she said.
If the amount the borough collects surpasses the 5-percent windfall, Collins said, the excess money would be earmarked for sanitary-sewer repairs.
Council voted at the March 11 meeting to award a paving contract for Baldwin Street to Youngblood Paving in the amount of $76,300.
Collins said officials would hold a preconstruction meeting with the contractor to determine when work would begin.
In addition, council voted to prepare bid documents for paving on Bower Hill Road, from Darby Way to McLaughlin Run Road.
Collins said Allegheny County is expected to pave another portion of the street this summer, beginning at McLaughlin Run Road and proceeding toward Upper St. Clair.
“We'll work around their contract,” she said.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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