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Budget approved by Baldwin Borough Council

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Real estate taxes will remain the same for Baldwin Borough residents in 2014.

Council members Tuesday approved the borough's spending plan for next year in a 5-2 vote that includes a nearly $9.8 million general fund, $7.2 million sewage fund, $369,623 highway aid fund and $128,623 swimming pool fund.

Council members Bob Collet and Larry Brown, both who have advocated for more funds to be spent on the borough's road program next year, dissented. The road program for 2014 is set at $800,000.

“It's really a maintenance budget,” borough Manager John Barrett said, noting the budget does not include many changes from 2013.

Council approved the tax rate for 2014 at 5.41 mills, in a 6-1 vote. Councilman John “Butch” Ferris dissented. One mill in Baldwin brings in about $739,000.

Council approved the borough's $8.5 million, five-year capital improvement program — from 2014 to 2018.

Sewage rates for 2014 will remain the same at $8.85 per 1,000 gallons with a monthly surcharge of $6.75.

The borough's sewage fund was able to absorb a proposed 17-percent rate increase from Alcosan that equals about $300,000 for Baldwin.

“I think our budget this year is a good compromise and it does provide for a lot of the needs,” council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk said.

The budget allows for $15,000 to go toward the sharing of a recreation director with Brentwood, combines the budget for borough events, keeps funding the same for volunteer fire companies and reduces spending by about $233,000 for refuse collection for 2014.

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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