Delmont council president praises efforts
Delmont residents will continue to pay the same property tax rate in 2014 as in 2013, and council again will bolster its savings.
Council unanimously approved a $1,036,626 budget on Monday that does not include a tax hike. The tax rate will remain at 18 mills.
In the borough of 2,700, an average house is assessed at $25,000, and that amounts to about $450 in property taxes.
About $89,000 in excess income will be kept in the general fund. That is in addition to $200,000 savings remaining from last year's budgeting cycle.
“If we continue to do as well as this council has in the past, we may have more,” council President Jim Bortz said.
Officials will begin to identify needed borough projects in February, he said.
Bortz attributed the rosy financial picture to the hard work of council and borough staff who made budgeting their primary objective.
“It really comes down to the folks that are sitting around this table,” he said. “We truly believe the money belongs to the people of Delmont.”
Officials said they cut costs by finding health insurance savings, joining an energy consortium and completing work in-house, rather than with external contractors. All the while, they were able to afford new equipment, such as police cars and a backhoe, Bortz said.
The 2014 budget's largest line item comprises $266,225 for police services, including wages, uniforms and cruisers.
The spending plan provides for pay raises for part-time police officers.
New officers will receive an hourly rate of $12, a $1 increase. After three years, they will earn $14 per hour.
The second-largest expense of $143,950 accounts for maintenance department-related items, such as wages, tools and uniforms.
Real estate taxes are expected to net $430,000. Earned income taxes will amount to $354,000.
In other business: Council agreed to pay $4,700 to Raimondo Construction to fix leaks in the borough building, where water is seeping in along window frames.
“The longer we wait, the more damage it's going to cause,” Mayor Gill Sanchez said.
Rossilynne Skena Culgan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 9 miles of roads to be paved in Hempfield
- Tenant charged in fire that destroyed Latrobe apartment house
- Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden
- Ligonier Township K-9 officer home to recover from deadly collision
- Westmoreland County Transit Authority to consider raising bus fare rate for paratransit participants
- Southmoreland commencement scheduled for Friday evening
- Ex-Delmont man found dead in Florida
- Westmoreland County Community College trustees approve $38M preliminary budget
- Theft thwarted by employee at North Huntingdon Wal-Mart
- Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township
- Pair of zoning requests denied by Unity board