Plum Council to hold the line on property taxes in 2019
Plum officials plan to hold the line on the real estate tax and focus on stormwater infrastructure improvements with next year’s $18 million budget.
The proposed spending plan does not pull from the borough’s estimated $5 million surplus in order to balance the budget.
“This borough’s running like a well-oiled machine,” council President Mike Doyle said. “The credit goes to council, the staff and everybody. We’ve been doing more with less for a decade now.”
Council voted 6-0 to advertise the 2019 budget and tax ordinance. Councilman John Anderson was absent from the Nov. 14 meeting.
The tax rate will remain at 4.78 mills.
Both financial items are available to review at the borough building, 4575 New Texas Road.
Borough Manager Michael Thomas said more than $1.6 million is earmarked for stormwater management upgrades throughout the borough, which is an increase of $500,000 from this year.
“We know that we’ve got some aging infrastructure,” he said.
Those funds include revenue from the borough’s $5 monthly flood mitigation fee imposed on each household.
Projects include fixing piping, catch basins and related work.
Plum focused on capital purchases and other projects in previous budgets.
“Making sure that our fleet of police cars, our snow plows, all of our major equipment was up to date and in good working order,” Thomas said. “We feel like we’ve gotten ahead of the curve on that. … Over the last couple of years we increased the amount of money that we spent on paving more than 150 percent. We feel like we’ve gotten caught up on our paving and getting back to a maintenance schedule.”
Thomas said more money is also allocated for parks and recreation programs next year.
He said the borough is in the process of developing master plans for all of its parks.
Council plans to pass its budget 6 p.m. Dec. 17.
Plum’s voting meetings are usually the second Monday of the month.
December’s meeting was moved so the borough could comply with the 30-day public inspection period required before passing a budget.
Taxes were raised in 2016 by one mill to fund road paving projects and bolster emergency medical services.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.