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Tax rate stays put in O'Hara

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

For the 10th consecutive year, O'Hara residents will see no increase in the property tax rate.

Council approved a $14.1 million budget, maintaining the tax rate of 2.2 mils. The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will again pay $220 in property taxes.

Highlights of this year's expenses include a $1 million pledge toward the construction of a new $7 million Boyd Community Center.

Plans call for a facility to be built on the same Powers Run Road property as the existing center, a former and dilapidated elementary school that hosts education and recreational programs.

Council approved $720,000 in road improvements, which will include 2.5 miles of local streets being milled and paved.

Residents can expect to see a total of $5.8 million in capital improvements this year, including $275,000 for Harding Road stabilization and $50,000 toward the eventual replacement of the Brownshill Road Bridge.

Council approved $3 million in the sewer budget, specifically for the East Little Pine Creek project, which will replace three failing pump stations with one new one. It is meant to service the residents of the Dorseyville Road area who still rely on septic systems. Those residents will be required to hook into the new sewerage line when the project is completed later this year.

Jakubec said about $30,000 will be spent over the next three years to upgrade school safety devices in the areas of Kittanning Pike, Cabin Lane and Powers Run Road.

Again this year, the township will devote $175,000 toward cleaning and mapping sewerage lines throughout the community as part of the consent decree from ALCOSAN. Council plans to spend about $2.4 million over the next decade.

Sewer projects also are on the plans for Field Club Road North and Dorseyville Road near Glenbrook Drive. New lines, totaling about $230,000, will provide service for nearly 20 properties in those two areas that are not yet served by public sewers.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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