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Taxes in Blawnox to increase

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Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The property-tax rate in Blawnox is going up in 2014.

Council approved a $1.8 million budget late last month. It sets the tax rate at 9.35 mills, up from 8.895 mills in 2013. The spending plan for 2013 is $1.8 million.

For a home with the average property value of $86,500, the rate increase will mean a tax increase of $39. The last tax-rate increase in the borough was in 2005, when the millage went from 8.74 mills to 9.74. The millage decreased last year because of county property reassessments.

The largest increase in the budget for this year is in street expenses. Last year, $9,826 was budgeted for street work. This year, that number jumps to $36,500, including $25,000 for street paving. The paving budget for 2013 was $4,500.

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

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