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Property tax rate in Blawnox is set to go down

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Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The property tax rate in Blawnox is decreasing.

The rate for 2013 will be 8.895 mills, down from 9.74 mills in 2012. A homeowner with a house assessed at $100,000 will pay $889.50 in borough taxes.

Council approved the rate at a special meeting last week with a 5-0 vote. Council members Scott Krause and Randall Stoddard were absent.

Borough manager Sherry Kordas said borough officials used the most up to date real estate assessment numbers in setting the rate. She said those numbers have fluctuated in the last month.

“Things are falling, things are moving, there are hearings still outstanding. It's just been really strange,” Kordas said.

About 10 assessment- appeal hearings are still scheduled, Kordas said.

The taxable value number has changed because of some appeals held in the last month.

“We wanted to use the best available information after those hearings,” Kordas said.

Officials had to adjust the millage because of anti-windfall laws that prohibit communities from getting more than a 5-percent increase in tax revenue after a reassessment.

Kordas said she had hoped to recommend officials bring the rate down by a full mill but felt more comfortable with 8.895 mills.

“We don't want to leave ourselves short,” Kordas said.

A budget was approved in late December. The new tax rate's impact on residents will depend on how their assessments are set.

“For some people, their assessment might have gone up, but for some people their assessment went down,” Kordas said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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