Penn Hills budget proposal keeps tax rate steady
Penn Hills anticipates a $2.5 million surplus in next year’s budget despite a projected $7 million increase in expenditures and plans for a new municipal building, according to the budget summary.
Penn Hills officials say they do not anticipate a property tax increase for 2015.
“I don’t think we’re moving in that direction,” Councilman J-Lavon Kincaid said, noting that council has not discussed a tax increase. “I’ve looked at the budget, and I don’t see any evidence of (a need for a tax increase).”
Municipal Manager Mohammed Rayan confirmed the 2015 budget does not include a tax increase.
Penn Hills officials moved a budget hearing scheduled for Dec. 1 to Dec. 22, leaving less than two weeks for the public’s input to be incorporated into the municipal budget for 2015. The budget summary is on display in a window, visible from outside the municipal building.
The budget, which now totals nearly $51.8 million, must be approved no later than Dec. 31, in accordance with state law.
Penn Hills estimates total revenues for 2015 to come in around $51.8 million, down from the projected $52.1 million revenue for 2014.
Expenditures are expected to rise from 2014’s projected $41.9 million to $49.2 million in 2015. General expenditures will rise $4.6 million, and capital improvement costs will rise from $61,000 in 2014 to nearly $1 million in 2015.
The municipality’s capital improvement plan includes a new municipal building that officials hope to build next year. Officials estimate the new building will cost between $6 million and $10 million.
The Penn Hills millage rate currently is 5.4440. A homeowner whose property is assessed at the municipality’s median price of $68,600 pays $373.46 in municipal taxes.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7845 or email@example.com.