No tax increase anticipated in South Fayette budget
South Fayette Township administration presented a 2020 budget that calls for a $1 million increase in spending, but officials believe they can do it without a tax increase.
Township Manager John Barrett said the township has been conservative with revenue projections in the past and he thinks administrators will hit benchmarks in the proposed budget he presented to township commissioners this week.
While the proposed budget may go from $12.1 million to $13.1 million, Barrett said the tax rate will remain at 4.73 mills.
Barrett noted while the 2019 budget predicted $6.25 million in real estate taxes, the township has surpassed that and is on pace to collect nearly $7 million. The 2020 budget calls for $6.75 million in real estate taxes.
Additionally, he expects an increase of $300,000 of Act 511 taxes, which includes earned income tax.
Staff trimmed expenses from the original draft presented to commissioners. That budget called for hiring two new employees for the public works department. That initial budget also left the township with a $611,115 hole to fill.
As it stands, public works would get one new worker. Barrett said staff then went about trimming the budget in smaller ways.
“They’re things that shouldn’t make much of an impact, but they add up when you spread it across departments,” he said.
Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the budget at their next regular meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 11.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from the original version. A Dec. 4 workshop meeting will not be held, according to South Fayette officials.