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Jefferson Hills property tax rate still open for debate

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

Jefferson Hills property owners should know later this month if the millage for borough property taxes will go up this year.

Borough council was scheduled to discuss the millage at the Jan. 9 meeting, after the South Hills Record's deadline. Most likely there will be a special meeting later in the month to vote on the millage, said Andrew McCreery, the borough's business manager.

“That's something that they're going to decide,” McCreery said. “There's still a lot left that needs to be decided.”

Council approved the $12.93 million 2013 budget on Dec. 10 with the intention of setting the millage once officials received the final certified property values from the Allegheny County reassessment.

McCreery estimated the 2013 millage rate while also anticipating that it would be tweaked when he constructed the budget, he said.

“The numbers were relatively close,” he said.

Senior Common Pleas Court Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. issued an order extending the deadline for municipalities to adopt their 2013 budgets until Jan. 31, because of the delayed reassessment numbers.

About 31 percent of Jefferson Hills‘ assessed properties increased in value.

Also complicating setting the borough's millage rate are more than 300 parcels of land that are in appeals because of the county's reassessment values of the properties, McCreery said.

There is a $28 million difference between the old and reassessed values, most of which are commercial properties, still waiting for appeal hearings with the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, McCreery said. He is working with other borough officials to estimate where to set the final millage rate.

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

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