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Renters may be required to pay East McKeesport tax

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Friday, March 14, 2014, 2:06 a.m.

East McKeesport councilors voted on Thursday to advertise a proposed ordinance that would require renters to pay the borough if their landlord is behind on property taxes.

Borough Solicitor Daniel P. Beisler said, since 1945, state law has allowed municipalities to enforce distraints, or the seizure of rental income from tenants, to satisfy a landlord's tax debt.

As proposed in East McKeesport, tenants could be assessed civil penalties if they refuse to turn their rent money over to the borough. Council could act on the ordinance on April 10.

The borough is having a problem that's become familiar as a date approaches next month when Windows XP programs no longer will be capable of accessing national or state criminal databases.

Borough administrator-secretary Connie Rosenbayger said it is a reason council authorized the purchase of two new computers for an approximate cost of $2,000.

Council adopted a resolution seeking funds from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for new playground equipment; allocated $22,500 to United Volunteer Fire & Rescue to cover the last two quarters of last year and the first quarter of this year; and accepted the resignation of part-time police Officer Andrew Tantanella, who is joining the Pittsburgh police force.

A fourth borough official is going to the Allegheny League of Municipalities conference at Seven Springs next month. Councilman John Ekiert will join Mayor Robert Howard and Councilwomen Donna Ferrainolo and Lynn Brown, each attending at a cost of $972.

Ekiert and fellow council newcomer Linda L. Nolan are involved in the Local Government Academy seminar for newly elected officials.

They'll be honored at a graduation dinner on Thursday.

Borough code enforcement officer Jamie Dinkfelt will be sent for certification courses at a cost of $1,155.

Council allocated $100 to the East Allegheny Business Association scholarship fund, $600 for the annual Easter children's party and $200 to buy an Easter Bunny outfit for that event, scheduled April 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the senior citizens center along Chicora Street. It's open to borough youngsters 10 and under who are registered by calling Rosenbayger at 412-824-2531.

Councilman George Padezan said United Volunteer Fire & Rescue will have a pancake breakfast on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon at the senior citizens center. It's all-you-can-eat for $7, and free for children 5 and under.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or



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