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O'Hara tax rate stays put for 11th consecutive year

| Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Residents of O'Hara will have the same property tax rate in 2014 as they did in the past 11 years.

Council approved the township's $17 million budget, which holds the tax rate at 1.725 mills.

The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $172.50 in property taxes.

Township Manager Julie Jakubec said highlights of the budget include a $1 million pledge to the new community center to be built along Powers Run Road that will serve residents of the Fox Chapel Area School District.

The donation comes from the township's $2 million parks budget.

Other park projects approved for next year include $10,000 for plumbing at Squaw Valley and $65,000 over the next five years for court sealing at Meadow, Squaw, Woodland, Sacco and Schafer. Extra money is in the fund to buy property that might become available, Council President Bob Smith said.

A second high-priced project is expected to be a sewer line upgrade for township residents who still rely on septic systems. Construction will cost about $3.5 million, and permits are being sought, Jakubec said.

Council slated $725,000 for road work and $375,000 for a new engine for the Parkview Volunteer Fire Department.

Members set aside $100,000 this year and plan to spend $200,000 next year for a project to replace a pump station in the Crofton neighborhood.

A new system for heating, ventilation and air conditioning will be installed at the municipal building at a cost of $200,000 and four new vehicles will be purchased, two each for the police and public works departments. The total vehicle cost is about $175,000.

In other business:

Council appointed residents to the following township committees:

• Four-year term on the civil service commission — David Schaffner Jr., Judy Bossart, Rabbi Ely Rosenfeld and Richard Rosner.

• Five-year term on the Fox Chapel Authority — Eric Nolder.

• Five-year term on the parks and recreation commission — Michael Veltri and Mary Lee Mahon.

• Four-year term on the planning commission — Ronald Flucker.

• Three-year term on the uniform construction code board — Don Lightner.

• Three-year term on the zoning hearing board — Richard C. Lockwood.

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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