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Oakmont preliminary budget holds line on taxes

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Oakmont property taxes are projected to go unchanged in the proposed 2019 budget, remaining at 3.73 mills for the fourth straight year.

Borough manager Lisa Cooper Jensen presented the 2019 preliminary budget Nov. 5, proposing approximately $3.5 million in spending and $4.3 million in revenue.

“The borough has always had the lowest millage rates of the three taxing bodies, meaning the borough, the school district and the county,” Jensen said.

Jensen said the budget includes costs for repaving and installing an ADA ramp at Riverside Park, buying a new ladder truck for the fire department and new equipment for the street department, and digitizing all borough records.

Council intends to adopt a final budget at the Dec. 17 meeting in council chambers.

In other council news:

Moments before presenting the proposed budget, Jensen announced her resignation as borough manager after six years.

“It was a privilege to work a job that I love with colleagues and coworkers that I admire,” Jensen said.

Jensen has held the title of borough manager since 2012, but served as borough secretary prior to her appointment. In total, she has worked more than 30 years for the community.

“The borough really appreciates (Jensen’s) 32 years of service to Oakmont,” said council President William Benusa.

Christine Manganas is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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