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Plan calls for Shaler tax rate to hold steady

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Shaler Township residents will see no increase in the property-tax rate if the Board of Commissioners approves the proposed 2014 budget in December.

The $12.2 million budget will be presented to the board for a vote at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The budget includes no millage increase.

The township board “reset” the millage to 2.49, down from 3.05 mills, to meet county requirements that municipalities not receive more than 5 percent above the previous year's property-tax earnings after the countywide property reassessment.

“There is no increase in taxes or any fees,” township manager Tim Rogers said about the 2014 budget.

The tax rate of 2.49 mills is equal to a bill of $249 for a home assessed at $100,000 or $498 for a property assessed at $200,000.

The largest portion of the budget — $4.7 million — covers public safety and includes funding the police department and building and zoning department, as well as a small allocation to the township's six fire departments and the township emergency medical services.

The second- and third-largest budgetary allocations fund the public-works department, at $4.1 million, and the parks and recreation department, at $1.4 million.

The 2014 budget reflects a 3.5 percent increase over last year's budget. Rogers said township officials have managed never to spend the entirety of the yearly budgeted amounts, and 2014 will start with a beginning balance of $3.5 million.

The township's 2014 budget is available for review at the municipal building and at the Shaler North Hills Library, at 1822 Mount Royal Blvd.

The Shaler Township Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing and vote on the 2014 budget and tax levy on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the township municipal building, located at 300 Wetzel Road, in Shaler.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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