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Kittanning adopts budget, holds line on taxes

| Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, 1:17 a.m.

KITTANNING — Council voted to adopt a 2013 budget on Thursday, staying within the 2012 end-of-year balance estimate of $2.8 million and with no tax increase.

Council voted, 7-0, to adopt the budget, which keeps real estate taxes at the 2012 rate of 27.5 mills. Councilman Richard Reedy was absent.

“I think we had a bleak year but we got through it,” said President Chris •Schiano. “Hopefully 2013 will be a better year.”

On a house with an assessed value of $40,000, the tax bill at 27.5 mills would be about $1,100.

A mill generates about $28,000 in revenue for the borough.

In other matters, council:

•Discussed the matter of increasing landlord fees which was brought up earlier in the month. Schiano said he heard a group of borough landlords were meeting about the issue and extended an invitation to them to discuss their concerns with council during January's regular meeting.

• Voted 7-0 to allow Hose Co. 1 to put its fire truck on the borough insurance so that the company could save money using those rates and could then reimburse the borough for the amount of the premium.

“It would save us around $2,500,” said fire chief Gene Stephens.

The arrangement would mean Hose Co. 1 would still own the engine and make all the payments on the truck, even though the title would be in the borough's name.

Councilmen Andrew Peters and Mike Rosenberger said council has similar arrangements with the other borough fire companies.

• Voted 7-0 to move the health care account and the police pension fund account to Ameriprise effective Jan. 1.

• Discussed a reimbursement check which was received from EMC Insurance for $12,025 for damaged fire equipment for Hose Co. 1.

According to Stephens, a damaged ladder, a fire truck extension ladder and a camera already have been replaced. Council voted 7-0 to deposit the reimbursement check into the general fund and to write a check to the fire company for the same amount.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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