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Lower tax rate approved for Sharpsburg residents

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The millage for Sharpsburg taxpayers will be lower in 2013 but not as low as officials first expected.

Council unanimously approved a rate of 6.47 mills last week. That means for every $100,000 a property is assessed, the owner would owe $647 in taxes.

The rate for 2012 was 8.5 mills.

When officials discussed the tax rate earlier this month, they had planned on setting a rate of 6.23 mills. However, information on property values made available after that meeting changed, Councilman Matthew Rudzki said.

“The taxable base actually decreased by a few million dollars,” Rudzki said.

The borough approved a budget for 2013 in December that did not call for a tax increase. Rudzki said the change was needed to align with that budget.

“To keep it revenue neutral it had to go up slightly,” Rudzki said.

Communities throughout Allegheny County have adjusted their millage for 2013 because of property reassessments. Aspinwall and Blawnox also lower their rates for this year.

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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