South Fayette approves budget, no tax hike
South Fayette Township Commissioners had one month to decide between two proposed millage rate hikes — they chose a third option. Keeping the millage rate the same.
Commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget and millage rate. Commissioner Ray Pitetti was absent from the meeting.
The millage rate for property owners will remain 4.73 mills. The budget calls for $12.1 million in expenditures.
At their November meeting, Finance Director Nancy Degenhardt proposed an almost $12.6 million budget with a millage rate of 5.07.
Another option included hiring two police officers and increasing the budget to $12.8 million and raising millage to 5.3.
Ultimately, South Fayette Township will get the new cops and keep the millage the same.
Degenhardt said the budget was trimmed from the initial proposal through many tweaks. One of the main trimmings was eliminating funding for a capital reserve budget. Degenhardt initially proposed nearly $700,000 to fund capital projects, instead of using general fund surpluses.
She said they also trimmed $100,000 off the road project, bringing it to $1 million.
The budget commissioners ultimately approved includes hiring two new police officers, fulfilling a request from Police Chief John Phoennik.
“We’ll have two new police officers starting in the second quarter,” Degenhardt said.
Eric Eisert is a Tribune-Review contributor.