Shaler Township Board of Commissioners approved lowering the property tax rate for 2013 to prevent a windfall from the countywide property reassessment.
Shaler officials “reset” the millage to 2.49, down from 3.05 mills, to meet state requirements that municipalities not receive more than 5 percent above the previous year's property-tax revenue.
“The township has been working for months trying to refine the numbers from Allegheny County,” township manager Tim Rogers said. “There are still a significant number of appeals out there.”
The 2.49 tax rate gives the township a 4-percent increase in revenue; however, with the number of appeals still pending, Rogers said, he thinks the township will maintain a steady revenue stream.
“Ultimately, we think we'll be very close to break-even,” Rogers said, “possibly come out below break even.”
There are 12,800 residential properties in Shaler Township according to Judy Kording, the township finance officer. The adjusted tax rate of 2.49 mills is equal to $249 on a home assessed at $100,000 or $498 on a home assessed at $200,000.
Shaler Township officials traditionally set the millage in December; however the board didn't vote on the tax rate until May 14 in order to base the rate on the most refined reassessment number from the county.
“We think this is a fair number,” Rogers said.
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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