Pleasant Hills Homeowners To Pay More Property Taxes Due To Garbage Collection


Homeowners in Pleasant Hills will be paying more property taxes this year.

The Council recently adopted its spending plan for 2021 with a one-thousandth tax hike. The new tax rate is 7.75 miles.

The median home value in the borough is around $ 143,500, which means the homeowner will pay around $ 143.50 more in taxes this year.

Borough manager Kelly Theiss said the mileage increase was for garbage collection.

“Our current garbage billing software is over 20 years old,” Theiss said. “Over the past two years, we have been evaluating options for the billing process, such as purchasing new software, outsourcing billing to a third party company, creating an annual billing program instead. quarterly, or the inclusion of garbage charges directly in taxes. . Upon review, the most efficient and cost effective option is to adjust the tax mileage and no longer charge for garbage. “

Garbage collection was to be billed at $ 52.21 per quarter, meaning the annual bill would have been around $ 209.

“Eliminating quarterly postcards for billing waste and including the fees in taxes will make management more beneficial for our residents and allow the borough to save additional administrative costs,” said Theiss. “It will also no longer be necessary to link properties for non-payment of their garbage bill, an added benefit for our residents.”

Eileen Solinas, board member and chair of the finance committee, said it was time to upgrade.

She said many residents will see savings with the new collection system.

“Our current billing program is running off an old printer and an MS DOS system that had no means for spare parts, which was of great concern,” Solinas said. “I believe the benefits and savings for our residents were well worth the change. “

Budget details

The budget can be viewed on the borough’s website,

The projected income and expenses were approximately $ 9.73 million.

Revenue included approximately $ 5.043 million in property taxes, $ 1.71 million in Law 511 taxes, $ 33,700 in licenses and permits, $ 373,000 in state revenue, $ 941,000 in rentals authorities and $ 107,100 in miscellaneous funds.

Expenses include approximately $ 3.16 million for police, $ 200,000 for fire protection, $ 84,000 for administration, $ 243,600 for clerks / secretaries, $ 142,000 for engineering, 1 , $ 7 million for sanitation and $ 906,000 for road maintenance and street lighting.

Theiss said the covid pandemic has made financial planning difficult but has not created major difficulties for the borough as it has in other communities.

“It was difficult, not knowing when the pandemic will be over and how much things will change, it creates a big gray area when trying to plan for the future,” Theiss said. “I’ve definitely had a lot more ‘what ifs’ with this budget, but like every budget, you always plan for emergencies that may arise. We were able to hold out. Where we have had revenue losses, we have also had expenditure losses. “

Solinas congratulated Theiss and the administrative team for getting things done in these uncertain times.

“Like most industries today, the most difficult challenge is trying to prepare for unpredictability and any unforeseen needs that may arise,” Solinas said. “Fortunately, we weathered the storm fairly well thanks to our team and department leaders who put the borough and our results at the top of their list of priorities.

“Many of our plans continue to depend on the pandemic, but we hope to start a return to normal in 2021 so that we can plan more community events to see our neighbors and residents again.”

Planned park improvements

Improvements to the park are expected to take place this year.

Breisinger Field will get new lights to increase its usage. The borough received a $ 100,000 grant from the State Department of Community and Economic Development’s Greenways Trails and Recreation program to help fund the project.

Improvements to the Mowry Park lighting system are also planned.

“Outdoor sports are even more important to our children now, with many indoor sports being canceled due to the pandemic,” Solinas said.

Pleasant Hills also received a $ 200,000 grant from the state’s Small Water and Sewer program to replace a sewer line behind the American Legion, and a $ 220,445 grant from the Multimodal Transportation Fund for bridge repairs. pedestrian Old Lebanon Church Road.

Michael DiVittorio is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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