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Jefferson Hills officials keep same tax rate

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

There will be no millage increase for Jefferson Hills Borough residents in the new year.

The property-tax rate will remain at 4.66 mills in the approximately $8.7 million budget.

“This is similar to the 2013 budget,” said Wayne Jones, acting borough manager, with just a $583,632 increase over last year.

To effect a balance, a $900,000 draw out of the reserve fund was made, he said. The draw for the previous year was more than $1 million. Jones estimated the actual budget for 2013 will show that only half of that amount was needed. There is about $3 million remaining in the fund, he said.

“But spending down the reserve is not the direction council believes we should go down,” Jones said.

Real-estate taxes continue to produce approximately one-third of the borough's income, with each mill representing $650,000. In a community that continues to grow, that's good news.

Each year, Jones said, 50 to 80 new homes are built.

“The parks and the school district bring people in.”

And for those families — some with a median income of $100,000 — recreation, good roads and library services are important, he said.

Salaries, compensations and wages for borough employees also were set. Wages were boosted for three department heads by 3 to 3.5 percent, excluding Jones, who negotiated a contract when he assumed the role with the borough in October.

Police, public-works, construction and office personnel earned increases of 3 to 3.5 percent because of contractual agreements.

Projects will continue in Beedle Park and on the public-works building near the borough offices. Ground was broken for the new facility in September. It is expected to be completed in August 2014. It will offer indoor space to store and to repair vehicles and equipment and to store whatever salt is needed to get residents through the winter.

School guards

Applications are being accepted for three school crossing guard positions in various locations in the borough. One permanent position must be filled, along with two alternates. Council raised the crossing guard pay rate to $20 for each trip — a maximum of three trips per day.

Application forms are available at the municipal center, 925 Old Clairton Road. Questions about the position can be directed to Sgt. Richard Bonacci at 412-655-2222.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or ddreeland@tribweb.com.

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