Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Collier Budget Holds Line on Taxes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Collier Budget Holds Line on Taxes

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Collier residents will not see a property tax increase in the 2016 operating and capital budgets that township commissioners approved last week.

The commissioners voted 4-0 on the approvals, with Commissioner Wayne Chiurazzi absent.

The new operating budget is a balanced spending plan that totals $7.98 million. The real estate tax rate will remain at 2.73 mills.

The earned income tax, which is shared equally with the Chartiers Valley School District, will stay at 1 percent.

"We are excited about the fiscal framework outlined within the 2016 budget as it will allow the community to expand and improve many essential elements of the township, such as public safety, public works, parks and recreation programs and services without a tax increase," board President George Macino said in a press release.

A capital budget plan of $989,335 was approved separately for the new year to pay for larger community projects, such as new cardio equipment, a projector and sound equipment for the community center, the addition of restrooms, a new pavilion, adult exercise equipment, a bocce court and upgrades to Hilltop Park, construction of the first phase of the Collier Discovery Path at Hilltop Park and construction of Molly's Dog Park, which previously was funded by private donations and grants.

The township public works department will also get money for new items, including a new dump truck and bobcat, townshipwide storm sewer improvements, $180,000 for contracted road paving work and completion of a new street sign program.

Collier plans to purchase two more police vehicles as well as to continue to supply the school district with two student resource officers. The township's three fire departments will share $180,000 in grants and receive $65,000 to pay for fire liability insurance and $20,000 for fuel for fire equipment. Also, a grant will partially fund the razing of condemned structures.

Officials plan to develop a Collier Township Historical Society, support the Chartiers Valley Flood Control Project, update the township's comprehensive plan, provide support for community organizations such as the Collier Township Athletic Association, the Panhandle Trail, Woodville Plantation and the Chartiers Valley soccer, lacrosse and booster groups. …

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