Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Trib: Municipalities find different ways to make ends meet

Many municipalities have opted not to raise their property taxes this year or have reduced proposed tax increases, instead turning to fees, fund transfers and other taxes to help cover expenditures.

In Mt. Lebanon, 2012 will be the first full year of collecting an $8-per-house stormwater fee initially approved as part of the 2011 budget to pay for upgrades to storm sewers, gutters and curbs. The fee is expected to raise about $1.3 million this year, some of which will go toward services tangentially related to managing runoff, such as clearing debris from storm drains, street sweeping and reconstructing curbs as part of the municipality's road reconstruction plans.

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