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Penn Hills council passes 2014 budget

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By the numbers

Here are some of the noteworthy numbers included in the 2014 Penn Hills municipal budget:


Additional revenue in the general operating fund, over the budgeted amount, at the end of 2013.

$6.7 million

Projected end balance for the 2013 fiscal year.

$2.2 million

Projected end balance for the 2014 fiscal year.

$1.43 million

Amount generated by each mill of the tax rate, which will remain at 5.444 mills.


Additional sewer-fund revenue expected as part of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority's proposed 17 percent rate hike and cooperation between the municipality and sewer fee collection agencies.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 3:36 p.m.

Penn Hills council voted unanimously, 4-0 — councilman J-Lavon Kincaid was not present — on Tuesday, Dec. 31, to pass a $47 municipal budget for 2014.

Municipal Manager Moe Rayan's proposed budget shows the municipality beginning the new year with an additional $1 million in the general fund ($6.74 million, as opposed to $5.77 million in 2013). Revenue is projected to be just more than $40 million. The millage rate of 5.444 mills will remain in place.

The new budget also includes a newly combined position, “fire marshal/chief code inspector,” which will both add to the short-staffed code department and fill the fire marshal position that has remained vacant since Jack Mason's retirement in the summer of 2012.

The candidate who fills the position — Rayan said the hiring process will begin in January — will make the regular fire marshal salary of $48,692.80. The fire marshal reports directly to the chief of police, but for code enforcement matters, he or she will report to code director John McCafferty, who was moved from acting director to full-time director with the passage of the 2014 budget.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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