Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

ROUTE 51 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

ROUTE 51 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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Baldwin Township

* Commissioners will vote Dec. 30 on a $1.6 million budget that proposes holding property taxes at 8.5 mills.

The budget represents a 2 percent decrease over last year's and has an allocation for a new public works truck, expected to cost $47,000.

* Commissioners are considering raising the occupational privilege tax from $10 to $52, as now allowed by state law. That change has not been made to the budget.

Jefferson Hills

* Council gave preliminary approval Monday to its 2005 budget. The spending plan totals $6.17 million, an increase of about $200,000. There will be no property tax increase; the rate remains at 5.08 mills.

The municipality's tax anticipation loan has been increased from $800,000 to $900,000 for 2005. The loan accounts for part of the increased revenue in the budget; the rest comes from a surplus to be carried over.

Final vote is at 7 p.m. Dec. 29.

South Park

* Supervisors approved a $5.382 million budget for 2005 Monday. There was no increase in the property tax rate of 3.6 mills.

* The board accepted a proposal by Brentwood Bank for a loan of $1.5 million to be used for construction of a building for the Tri- Community South Emergency Medical Service, which serves the communities of South Park, Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair. The new facility will be built in the Industrial Park in Bethel Park.

Whitehall

* Council has unanimously approved plans for Phase Four of the Steeplechase Townhouse development.

The number of units on the 23-acre parcel has been reduced from 262 to 88, Mike Wetzel, of Victor-Wetzel Associates planning consultants, told council last week.

Lantern Hill Drive, a cul-de-sac, will be connected to Caste Drive to provide access to Phase Four. Council had wanted to use McRoberts Road for access.

* Approval of a stop sign at Wheaton and Ranger drives raised concerns from Councilwoman Kathy DePuy that perhaps too many of the signs exist in the borough. …

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