Brentwood council approves preliminary budget
Brentwood Borough Council approved, in a 4-2 vote, the 2013 preliminary budget Tuesday that includes $3.75 million in capital improvement projects.
The $16.56 million budget is on display from Friday to Dec. 11.
“We're pretty much drawing our reserve fund,” said George Zboyovsky, borough manager.
Taxes for some Brentwood residents could increase in 2013 because of the Allegheny County property reassessments. The millage in 2013 will be official after the borough receives the final certified values from the county on Dec. 17.
Zboyovsky estimates the borough tax rate must be reduced from 8.5 mills in 2012 to 7 mills in 2013 for the proceeds to remain revenue neutral, he said. The millage is an estimate based on the real estate taxes collected in 2012.
Brentwood also will take advantage of the 5-percent windfall permitted with the reassessments, which would bring the total millage in 2013 to 7.35 mills.
One mill in Brentwood is equal to $400,000, Zboyovsky said.
Councilmen Pasquale “Pat” Carnevale and Martin Vickless were in the dissent for votes on the preliminary budget and to set the tax levy.
Vickless said he is not pleased with the budget because, with major capital improvement projects such as constructing a public works building, beginning the $8 million Brentwood Park refurbishment, maintaining a $700,000 per year road maintenance program and discussion about constructing a new municipal facility, he would like to see the inevitable tax increases come to residents in small increments instead of all at once.
“We're doing a disservice to the residents,” Vickless said.
The forecasted 2014 budget could include an estimated 4- to 5-mill increase for residents because of the projects already started in the borough, Zboyovsky said.
The 2013 preliminary budget includes the following highlights, according to Zboyovsky:
• The Brentwood Park fund is budgeted for $2.546 million, which will allow the borough to complete phases one and two of the refurbishment.
• Constructing a public works facility will cost $1.5 million, which was estimated by architects to cost $3 million. Borough council approved a bid for the design of the facility for $1.25 million from the Allegheny Construction Group, of Bridgeville.
• Of the $3.75 million capital improvements budget, about $500,000 will go toward repaving Brownsville Road; $300,000 will go toward repaving Hillson Avenue; $100,000 for equipment such as a new high lift for public works and a police vehicle; $25,000 to repair the Brentwood Public Library roof; $50,000 in bond payments for constructing the public works facility; and $300,000 in architecture fees for the design to construct a new municipal building.
Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.