ShareThis Page

Brentwood property tax to increase for 2014

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 2:54 p.m.

The median Brentwood homeowner will pay about $8.30 per month more in real estate taxes next year to help finance capital improvements.

Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved the borough's 2014 final budget, that includes a $7 million general fund, and set the real estate tax rate for next year, increases the millage by 1.25. Brentwood's millage will go from 7.5 in 2013 to 8.75 in 2014.

The median home in Brentwood is valued at about $80,000.

“They're planning for the future to make sure we're going to be around for another 100 years,” borough Manager George Zboyovsky said.

There were no changes from the preliminary budget passed by council in November.

The tax increase will help to finance a capital improvement plan that will include a $700,000 road program — also given approval by Brentwood council Tuesday night — along with 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.

Breaking out the numbers, the millage will be divided as follows: .16 mills will go toward general borough operations, 2.25 mills will go toward capital improvements, 5.57 mills will go toward public safety and .5 mills will go to the Brentwood Public Library.

There has been no tax increase in Brentwood in seven years.

“Just think what everyone was paying for gas seven years ago,” Zboyovsky said.

The same increases residents have seen in gas prices, vehicle expenses and daily costs during the last seven years hold true for Brentwood Borough, too.

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.