Charleroi avoids tax increase

December 12, 2012

CHARLEROI – Charleroi Borough real estate tax bills are expected to remain at the current rate in 2013 under the terms of a new budget council is expected to approve.

The millage rate will remain at 42 mills under the terms of the tentative $1.8 million spending plan on display at the borough building.

“I’d like to think we’re managing the money better,” Charleroi borough manager Donn Henderson said.

He said the borough reduced retirement costs by merging seven different benefit plans into one.

“We cut retiree health-care costs by 30 percent,” Henderson said.

The borough also realized savings by not replacing a few employees who retired.

The police department is earmarked to spend $589,400 in 2013, the biggest cost to taxpayers in the budget. The budget directs $540,160 to the street department, and the fire department will cost $107,800 next year, the record indicates. Meanwhile, $478,300 will be directed toward administrative costs.

One mill of taxes earns the borough $17,500, Henderson said.

He said council is expected to approve the budget at 7 p.m. today during a meeting in the borough building.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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