Infrastructure focus of proposed Brentwood budget
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Brentwood Council members likely will take a final vote next week on a proposed 1.25-mill tax increase, meant to bolster capital improvements.
Council members, in separate votes on Nov. 26, approved advertising the municipality's 2014 real estate property rates and preliminary budget.
The proposed $6.6 million general fund budget includes a projected millage increase from 7.5 to 8.75 for next year. That would equal roughly a $8.30 per-month tax increase — or $100 per year — for the median homeowner, assessed at $80,000, officials said. One mill in Brentwood generates about $400,000.
The proposed tax increase still will help to finance a capital improvement plan that will include a $700,000 road program, the start of a storm system management program, police and public works vehicle replacements and architectural services for a municipal building overhaul project in 2014, officials said.
The proposed 2014 real estate tax rate includes .16 mills for general borough operations, 2.52 mills for capital improvements, 5.57 mills for public safety and .50 mills for the borough library.
The 2014 budget includes $6.6 million in the general fund, a $5.5 million sanitary sewer fund, a $2 million park fund, a $2.5 million capital improvement fund and $179,500 highway aid fund.
Demolition of the Brentwood stadium bleachers could begin in early 2014 to make way for upgrades and improvements.
Brentwood Council members last week authorized J. T. Sauer & Associates to prepare construction documents associated with the stadium bleacher and press box project.
Borough council in October approved a stadium master plan from Burgettstown-based J.T. Sauer & Associates that would include a major overhaul of the bleachers, press box, fencing, a proposed plaza area, landscaping and demolition work — all anticipated to cost about $1.5 million. This would include reducing the seating capacity at the stadium from 4,800 to between 2,200 and 2,400.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
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