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Pine Township real estate tax rate to drop in 2013

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Pine Township's real estate property tax rate — the lowest in Allegheny County for 2012 — is going down for 2013.

Pine supervisors voted Feb. 5 to reduce the rate from 1.2 to .998 of a mill, which computes to a $282 tax bill — down from $339 in 2012 — for a home valued at $282,150, the median price of a home in Pine, according to Allegheny County records.

The supervisors also voted to collect 5 percent more in total real estate tax revenue in 2013, than they collected in 2012.

By state law, that's the maximum extra revenue a municipality may collect because of increases in the appraised values of properties within a municipally.

All Allegheny County properties were reassessed in 2012, but many property owners appealed their reassessments. As a result municipal officials still don't know the exact, total value of their real estate, pending the outcome of appeals.

Supervisors also approved 16 local roads for resurfacing and storm-sewer improvements this year.

“Most likely, not all roads on the list will be paved,” said Scott Anderson, assistant township manager. “We will not have the final list until the project is bid, and the board of supervisors awards the contract, which is scheduled for April 15.”

In other business:

• Pine supervisors turned down Joseph B. Fay Co.'s latest application — filed Jan. 7 — for a grading permit at Wexford Farms. The permit would allow the Frazer Township contractor to continue dumping dirt and road project debris at Wexford Farms.

The supervisors issued their decision to comply with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, which requires a decision on permit applications within 30 days.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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