TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Assessment appeals result in Pleasant Hills millage hike

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
 

After reopening the borough's $7 million budget, Pleasant Hills Council unanimously approved a 0.428-mill property tax increase.

The change approved on Jan. 20 brings the tax rate to 5.75 mills — the first increase since 2006. One mill now generates $589,465 in tax revenue.

Finance committee Chairman Joe Esper described the new budget as “revenue neutral.”

The previously-approved budget projected expenses at $7.1 million and revenues at nearly $6.2 million. The new budget is $7.1 million, revenues are projected at $6.5 million, and the shortfall is projected to be $575,823.

“We made cuts, so that the dollars are spent wisely,” said council President Dan Soltesz.

Allegheny County's assessment appeals process tells part of the story.

“Because of (assessment) appeals, the value of the mill has decreased,” Soltesz said. “We had to increase the millage to stay where we are.”

Although the appeals process has slowed, some reassessments and revenue fluctuations still are possible.

“The budget is a guide to determine tax rates. It's a fluid document,” Esper said.

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

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read South Hills

  1. Baldwin Community Day to have something for everyone
  2. MRTSA staff able to train the ‘smart’ way with simulator
  3. Brentwood’s Noctis racing team makes final push for trip
  4. Baldwin Borough woman awarded $5K for damages to apartment
  5. Overgrown trees leave Brentwood residents frustrated
  6. Baldwin settles lawsuit for $7,500
  7. Baldwin Borough pool closes for repairs, residents may use Brentwood pool
  8. Pleasant Hills family’s beach vacation takes tragic turn
  9. Highlander Summer Camps allow kids to explore interests