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Leetsdale millage could change again

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

Leetsdale's tax rate could be changing — again.

Council members could vote Thursday to adjust the borough's property tax rate to 8 mills, council President Joe McGurk said.

It would be the third time since December that council members have altered the millage, which was set at 10 mills in 2012 but had to be adjusted based on the Allegheny County property reassessments.

Under state law, officials must reduce millage so not to reap a windfall of extra tax money after a reassessment. Officials in municipalities around Allegheny County also have adjusted tax rates for 2013.

Council approved a 7.5-mill property tax rate last month, but, McGurk said, with 56 assessment appeals pending, the “potential decrease in revenue is mind-boggling” for the community of about 1,200 residents. McGurk said about 20 of those appeals deal with property in the industrial parks.“This has been a nightmare for me,” McGurk said.

In a special meeting held March 1, council members approved, 5-0, to consider changing the millage. Osman Awad and Wes James did not attend.

“We did what we thought would be correct,” McGurk said. “If somehow at the end of the year, we need to change it, we will do so.”

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

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