TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Leetsdale council votes to lower tax rate

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

In an effort to avoid an excessive windfall of revenue, Leetsdale Council members lowered the borough's property tax rate to 7.5 mills, down from the 8.5 mills set last month.

Council members approved the new millage last week.

Concern over the possibility of a revenue increase beyond a county-ordered 5-percent limit led to the change.

It would have been a “big windfall, and, obviously, we can't have that,” council President Joe McGurk said.

With the new millage set, Leetsdale could collect about $1.1 million in taxes, according to a borough report.

It should be the last time Leetsdale Council members consider changing the millage this year, McGurk said.

Under an order by Allegheny County Judge R. Stanton Wettick, municipal officials have a few options when deciding on the amount of a millage, including changing the mill rate up until 10 days prior to property tax bills being mailed to property owners.

Leetsdale Council also approved increasing the discount on property tax bills for senior citizens under the county's Act 77 to 35 percent by a 4-3 vote, which involved Mayor Pete Poninsky making the tie-breaking decision. Council members Melanie Dunn, Joe McGurk and Linda Michael voted “no.” Roger Nanni, Osman Awad and Jeff Weatherby voted “yes.” Wes James was absent.

McGurk said he voted against the proposal because he and other council members were given information about an hour before the Feb. 14 council meeting.

Act 77 gives municipal officials the option of making residents who are at least 60 years old, have an annual income of $30,000 or less and have lived in their home for at least 10 years eligible for a local-property-tax reduction.

A vote to increase the borough's homestead exemption from $30,000 to $36,500 was rejected, 2-4. Nanni and Awad voted in favor of the increase.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Foreign influx in Allegheny County at ‘tipping point’
  2. Steelers hope new faces breathe life into team
  3. State lawmaker still pushing merger of Pennsylvania Game and Fish commissions
  4. 1 intruder killed, other shot and wounded in Carrick home invasion
  5. Autopsy scheduled on Pleasant Hills man, 95, who died following crash
  6. Pittsburgh crime down overall in 2013 but rapes, homicides increased
  7. Steelers WR Wheaton wants to produce after injury-plagued rookie year
  8. Roethlisberger ‘prays’ he can stay with Steelers when deal expires
  9. Steelers hope group of low-budget cornerbacks can deliver
  10. Former Gateway coach Smith is ‘perfect fit’ for Penn State football staff
  11. Groups stand against ‘sub-minimum’ wage for workers with disabilities
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.