No tax hike for Bridgeville property owners
Bridgeville Borough property owners will not pay more in property taxes in 2019. Council members unanimously passed the budget and millage rates for 2019.
Millage rates will stay at 6.5 mills for buildings and 10 mills for land. Separating the two was a formula the borough initiated last year.
The new formula resulted in a 12-percent increase in property tax revenue. Finance committee chairperson Joe Verduci said with the June flooding, the extra revenue was needed.
“Boy, I don’t know what we would do if we hadn’t raised taxes last year, with the unexpected flood,” Verduci said.
Verduci said the borough’s costs just cleaning up after the flood cost $397,000. That caused them to put other projects, such as refurbishing the interior of the borough building, on hold.
He said this year they will tighten even further in an attempt to increase the fund balance by $301,000 with raising taxes.
The 2019 budget anticipates less than $3.2 million in revenue with less than $2.9 million in general fund expenditures.
Some of the big-ticket items for Bridgeville in 2019 is a continuation of the stormwater management program, sanitary sewer maintenance, upgrades to restrooms at Chartiers and McLaughlin Run parks, and the Washington Pike widening project slated to begin in 2020.
The millage rates and budget were passed by council members unanimously.
Eric Eisert is a Tribune-Review contributor.