Saturday, April 20, 2013
The board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday to discuss the 2013-14 school year budget.
Riverview officials are going to discuss the 2013-14 school year budget on Monday. A special buget meeting has been scheduled for April 22 at 7 p.m. at the administration board room on Tenth Street. The school board is tackling issues related to millage and county reassessment values, state funding, retirement/pension contributions and special education costs. It has until the end of June to approve a final budget. Stay tuned for budget details. __________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter . Don't forget to sign up for our dailyemail newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Here's a roundup of items discussed at the February regular council meeting.
Verona Council discussed many items at its regular council meeting earlier this month. Here's a look at some of them: Millage Verona Borough's overall assessment has increased, but the borough's millage rate will remain steady for the time being, according to Solicitor Craig Alexander. Under the reassessment, taxing bodies can't receive more than 5 percent in property tax revenue so as not to use the reassessment as a major tax increase. Currently, Verona is expected to realize a 9.4 percent increase in property tax revenue, but Alexander said there are a lot of pending appeals, which could drop that number. "More often than not, the numbers are lowered," he said. "There's still a lot pending, and I don't think the 9 percent will be …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The borough's certified reassessment numbers indicate a 20 percent increase.
Plum Borough's real estate tax millage most likely will decrease this year. On Monday, borough Manager Mike Thomas announced that officials had received certified reassessment figures from the county, which indicated that property values in Plum increased 20 percent. The millage rate would have to decrease in order to offset the increase property values stemming from the county's reassessment. Under the reassessment, taxing bodies can't receive more than 5 percent in property tax revenue so as not to use the reassessment as a major tax increase. With the current millage rate of 4.3, residents pay $430 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. Thomas said he is expecting a decrease of about a half-mill—3.7 mills, where residents would …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Council approved a final budget on Wednesday.
Plum residents will not experience a tax rate increase. During a special meeting on Wednesday, borough council approved an $11.67 million budget that holds the millage rate steady at 4.3 mills. That means a resident would pay $430 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. Tax rates have remained steady since 2008. Though the preliminary budget included a $5-per-month sanitation fee, officials cut it from the budget. Councilman Mike Dell said the borough has yet to receive certified county assessment figures for Plum. Under the reassessment, taxing bodies can't receive more than 5 percent in property tax revenue so as not to use the reassessment as a major tax increase. "Plum has not received their assessment values, so we may have to …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A meeting will be held at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills tonight, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Council Vice President Nick Futules will host a town hall meeting to assist homeowners with the 2013 court-ordered reassessment tonight, March 15. All county residents are invited to the Linton Middle School Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. Linton Middle School is located at 260 Aster St. in Penn Hills. Fitzgerald and Futules will discuss the issue, and residents will be able to share their own thoughts, as well. Verona Council encouraged residents to attend the information session at its meeting on Tuesday. Futules lives in Oakmont and represents District 7, which includes Plum, Oakmont, Verona, Penn Hills, Cheswick, Harmar, Springdale Borough and Wilkins. County staff members will be on …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Learn why Allegheny County properties were reassessed, how they were reassessed and what you need to know to file an appeal.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald estimated 500 residents attended Thursday night's town hall meeting on the new assessments. Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Councilman Vince Gastgeb organized the informational meeting at Bethel Park High School for South Hills residents confused about the county's reassessments. A meeting in the East Suburbs has been scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Penn Hills High School Auditorium, 12200 Garland Dr., in Penn Hills. Many people who attended the meeting in Bethel Park said they were angry and wanted answers. An Upper St. Clair single mother told Fitzgerald and the crowd that her assessment increased by 60 percent and she was no longer going to be able to afford her …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Among items officials discussed were county reassessments, rental unit fees, problems with an ambulance company and borough property sold on the cheap.
Here is a roundup of key points discussed at the Verona Borough Council workshop meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Officials Oppose Reassessment In a unanimous vote, Verona council members passed a resolution opposing county-wide property reassessments, calling for a moratorium and legislation that would implement uniform, state-wide practices. Anecdotally, officials said many property owners in Verona have received lower assessments. Mayor David Ricupero noted instances where the value of a house increased, but the property value decreased. “That is nothing but a big mess,” Ricupero said. President Dom Conte said officials haven’t yet discussed what follow-up actions to take in urging an end to the reassessments. For now, Councilman Tony …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Judge R. Stanton Wettick ordered executives to continue with property assessments on Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Allegheny County Judge R. Stanton Wettick has ordered residents to abide by new property reassessments and county executives to continue working on the process. On Tuesday, Wettick said residents who have already received the new assessments must abide by them, despite last week's declaration by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald that the numbers were "null and void." According to WPXI, Wettick decided not to hold Fitzgerald in contempt, but said he would hold county officials in contempt if they don't move forward with the reassessment process. On Thursday, Wettick is scheduled to vote on a request from Pittsburgh City Council to delay using the values for another year, according to WPXI. “This order is just more evidence of the court …
Friday, January 6, 2012
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald increases staffing, phone lines doubled, email review confirmation under development.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has increased staffing for the Office of Property Assessments so that more lines are available for callers to request an informal hearing in response to the reassessments that were mailed to property owners last week. Fifteen staff people have been designated to take calls and schedule an informal review. A total of 40 lines are now available for callers. Callers may still experience busy signals if all 40 lines are utilized. The county has also requested that the number of lines available be doubled to 80 and expects that will be accomplished within the next day. The phone number to schedule an appeal is 412-350-4600 and staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Thursday that 2012 assessments will remain at 2002 levels.
Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald said it over and over again during a press conference Thursday afternoon: When it comes to property tax reassessment, Allegheny County shouldn’t be singled out. That’s one reason Fitzgerald said he directed the certification of the 2011 assessed values for 2012 taxation purposes—values that are based on the 2002 tax year. For county property owners, that means the assessment numbers they received in the mail last week are “null and void.” New notices would be sent out Thursday, Fitzgerald said, and those are “the ones that matter.” And he was clear: Despite a court order mandated a property tax reassessment, he is following all state laws. “Earlier this week, I took an oath to uphold the laws of the …