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Delmont, Export propose 2018 budgets with no tax hike

Patrick Varine
| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 10:39 a.m.
The Delmont Borough building in June 2015.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Tribune-Review
The Delmont Borough building in June 2015.

Delmont and Export boroughs have put forth 2018 budget proposals that don't call for tax hikes.

Over the course of two budget workshops, Delmont council members have come up with a budget of just over $1 million, a 0.7 percent increase over the 2017 budget.

Police salaries have increased the past two years, the result of bringing additional full-time officers on board. Consequently, funding for part-time officers — which dropped dramatically from $53,536 in 2016 to just over $15,000 in 2017 — is now projected at just under $11,000.

The numbers may change slightly at Delmont council's regular November meeting where, following an executive session, members will set final salary numbers for borough employees.

That meeting took place after the deadline for this issue.

Delmont residents may also see a $4 increase in their sewage bills, after engineer Kevin Brett laid out the borough's responsibilities under state pollution reduction regulations. That decision has not yet been finalized.

In Export, council members are proposing a $489,200 budget for 2018. With projected revenue of $534,750, if the numbers hold, the borough will see a year-end surplus of more than $45,000.

The borough currently has a fund balance of more than $578,000.

Delmont's local tax rate will remain at 18 mills, where it has been since 2009. Export's local rate will stay at 14 mills, where it has been since being lowered from 16 mills in 2012.

Both local governments will adopt the 2018 budget at their December meetings. That will be Dec. 5 for Export and Dec. 12 for Delmont. Both meetings are at 7 p.m.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862.

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