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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 shacke@tribweb.com.

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