Dormont Approves 2013 Budget

The borough's 2013 budget includes a lower tax rate, as well as a number of planned improvements.

Dormont Council on Monday approved the borough’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget with a new—and lower—tax rate and plans to make a number of improvements in the borough.

The millage rate appears to have decreased drastically, but the adjustment accounts for higher assessment rates on borough properties. As a result of Allegheny County’s reassessment process, assessed property values in Dormont went up about 52 percent.

In the 2013 budget, the borough’s millage rate was decreased from 14 mills to 8.97 mills. Council initially planned to lower the rate to 9.1 mills, but decided to further lower the rate after discussion at the Dec. 3 council meeting.

This means that the property tax rate is $8.97 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Taxes on a $100,000 house will be about $897.

Borough solicitor John Rushford said there likely will be an opportunity to readjust the millage rate again if needed. Rushford said Allegheny County will not complete the reassessment appeals process until Dec. 31 or later, so it could be January or February before Allegheny County has set the county's millage rate.

Borough manager Jeff Naftal said regardless of the county's situation, municipalities are required to adopt a budget by the end of the year. He said he is confident in the numbers the borough used in its budget, but said that should the county's millage rate turn out to be much higher or much lower than expected, the numbers likely can be adjusted.

After real estate reassessments are done, municipalities are required by the state to adjust millage rates so that there is not higher than a 5 percent increase in tax revenues to the municipality. Council did not approve an increase, but the budget still accounts for a number of improvements in the borough.

The budget includes the reconstruction of one borough road, repaving of nine other borough roads, purchasing equipment and making repairs to the gym. Funds for the addition of one new police officer, one new street department employee, one new parks department employee, and the new positions of clerk supervisor, code enforcement officer and borough engineer also are included.

A detailed breakdown of the budget is provided in a report by Naftal. The report, as well as a copy of the final budget, are attached to this article as PDF documents and also are available on the Dormont Borough website.

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Bob Dini December 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Erin, Can you please find out if Borough officials have received notification from Allegheny County on total reassessments after appeals for all properties in Dormont Borough ?
Erin Faulk December 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Hi Bob, Thanks for pointing this out. I added a few paragraphs to this article that should help explain that. Allegheny County has not yet set a millage rate for the county. The county is not done hearing reassessment appeals, and likely will not be done with this process until Dec. 31 or later. Regardless, the borough is still required to pass a budget by the end of the year. Borough officials are using numbers in the budget that the borough manager has worked with county officials to calculate as accurately as possible. He and the borough solicitor said on Monday that because of the county's situation, municipalities might be allowed to re-open their budgets after the New Year and make re-adjustments as needed.
Erin Faulk December 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
As to the specifics for Dormont Borough properties, I have contacted the borough office to find out.
Erin Faulk December 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Another update for you on this—Dormont Borough specifically has not received this notification, and likely will not receive this until the county has completed all of the hearings related to the assessment/appeals process.
DSA December 05, 2012 at 02:52 PM
were there any details about what roads and which equipment?
Erin Faulk December 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Those specifics were not discussed during the meeting, but may be included in the budget documents, which are attached to this article as PDF documents.
Bob Dini December 05, 2012 at 03:14 PM
All makes perfect sense.Thanks for the input. I suspect that re opening the budget will occur as assessment totals will likely fall when all are certified by AC.
Erin Faulk December 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Right. My understanding is that the ability to re-open the budget after the New Year also is not a definite thing at this point, because the municipalities are waiting for direction from the county on that. However, it does look like that will be a possibility after the final numbers from the county are released.


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