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Baldwin Township's 2013 budget similar to last one

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 12:14 p.m.

Baldwin Township's final real estate tax rate for 2013 remains in flux, as local officials wait on Allegheny County leaders to provide them with final assessment values.

These numbers, ultimately, will determine what the town's millage will be for the upcoming year.

“We just don't know,” Baldwin Township Manager Mary McGinley said of how the final certified numbers will shake out.

Baldwin Township commissioners, in a 4-0 vote, tabled final passage of the municipality's 2013 $2,644,322 budget and any other motions relating to next year's budget at their meeting Tuesday.

Township solicitor Jeff Hollowood said he expects a ruling from Senior Common Pleas Judge R. Staton Wettick, the county judge who is overseeing the reassessments, later this week on if municipalities and school districts will have an extension on when they are required to have their tax rates set and budgets passed. Typically, that is required by the end of the calendar year.

Municipalities in Allegheny County must change their millage rate to become “revenue neutral” based on the final certified reassessed values of properties, meaning they will not get any surplus funding from the court-ordered reassessments. However, they are allowed to take a 5-percent windfall, something McGinley said Baldwin Township plans to do.

How the reassessment will affect Baldwin Township's taxes in the town remains unknown, officials said Tuesday. The township's 2012 millage was 9.5. One mill, then, brought in about $84,000.

The tabled 2013 Baldwin Township budget keeps things status quo in the one-square mile town, McGinley said, noting there's not a lot of room for changes.

“It's basically the same,” she said.

The budget includes no major purchases for 2013 and 3 percent raises for the police officers, as stipulated in their contract, McGinley said.

There is $150,000 set aside for the 2013 road program, with improvements set for the upper half of Old Farm, Edgeridge, Highview between Dewalt and the park, and several soft spots.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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