Jefferson Hills stays on course on property taxes with new budget
Jefferson Hills homeowners won’t have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay property taxes this year.
The council adopted its 2022 budget and kept the mileage rate at 5.66 mills at a meeting in December.
The tax rate includes 5.225 miles for general purposes, 0.355 miles for fire protection, and 0.079 miles for EMS.
Garbage and sewage charges also remain the same.
The projected income and expenses have been estimated at approximately $ 11.76 million.
Income includes approximately $ 5.1 million in property taxes, over $ 1.9 million in income taxes earned, $ 962,000 in service charges, $ 390,000 in licenses and permits, $ 331,000 in fees real estate transfer, $ 325,000 in sales taxes, $ 316,000 in intergovernmental revenues, $ 242,000 in local services tax, $ 82,000 in fines and confiscations and $ 21,000 in commercial tax.
The revenues also include approximately $ 1.85 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The council is still working on a plan to spend this money.
Expenses include $ 3.8 million for the police; $ 1.3 million for public works; $ 935,000 for finance and administration; $ 930,000 for sanitation and recycling; $ 702,800 for the fire department; EMS and emergency management; $ 578,200 for parks, recreation and the library; $ 373,000 for planning and zoning; $ 229,500 for the borough building, including supplies and maintenance; and $ 35,700 for the mayor and council.
Among the planned expenditures for finance and administration are $ 110,000 for legal services, $ 107,700 for a borough director and $ 91,600 for engineering.
The borough has allocated just over $ 2 million for capital projects, including $ 740,000 for road improvements, $ 200,000 for park improvements, $ 115,000 for stormwater management. , $ 155,000 for public works trucks, $ 125,600 for police vehicles and $ 50,000 for other police service improvements.
The vote was 6-1. Councilor Keith Reynolds disagreed.
Reynolds has said he is opposed to using more than $ 680,000 in reserve funds to balance the budget.
“We spent (money) off the reserve telling residents that taxes aren’t going up,” Reynolds said. “We cannot control our spending. All we’ve done is let these developers build houses wherever they want, but we’re spending all the money we have in the bank.
Dave Montgomery, vice chairman of the board and member of the finance committee, disagreed.
He said about $ 640,000 of reserves were budgeted for last year and overall expenses turned out to be about $ 800,000 under budget.
“We take money every year, and a lot of times we don’t spend it,” Montgomery said. “It’s a balancing mechanism. Last year we spent nothing (from the reserve). We are in shape. Our bond rating is higher than it has ever been, which is a good thing. If we had to borrow (money) it wouldn’t cost that much.
Montgomery also noted that the borough will not need to take a tax anticipation note. Such a financial note is a short-term loan that some municipalities and school districts acquire to dispose of cash before tax revenue begins to take effect.
“We had enough postponement to go at least until February,” Montgomery said. “It’s a long history of prudent management and oversight of all spending. The borough has grown and we have more real estate income than before. It is an important source of income, property taxes.
The budget is available for review at the Borough office as well as online at jeffersonhillsboro.org.