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Pittsburgh City Council this morning unanimously approved Mayor Luke Ravenstahl‘s property tax proposal, which increases the homestead exemption and the low-income senior discount in addition to dropping the millage rate to comply with Pennsylvania law.
Although the rate will drop 30 percent — from 10.8 to 7.56 mills — the vast majority of homeowners will not see a corresponding drop in their taxes because of a reassessment that dramatically increased official home values.
Editor’s note: I can’t blame him. 13 years is a pretty huge commitment.
POTTSTOWN — For Pottstown School Board member Robert Hartman Jr., 13 years of service is apparently long enough.
At the close of Monday night’s school board meeting, Hartman announced that he will not seek another four-year term on the board in the spring primary elections.
Hartman said that with the deadline for petitions for the primary election approaching, he wanted to be sure his intentions were known so that anyone who is considering running for the office would know whether or not they would have to face him in the polls.
“I’ve heard that other people may be interested and it’s not fair for them not to know,” Hartman said.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett will “very likely” propose cutting future pension benefits for current school employees and state workers in the state budget plan he will present to lawmakers next week, his chief budget adviser said Monday.
Budget Secretary Charles Zogby, all but confirming a cost-cutting approach that the administration first floated last fall despite questions about its legality, said decisive steps must be taken to rein in taxpayers’ fast-growing share of pension costs.
“We’ve got to pay for our obligations and we need to look at a rebalancing of our pension obligations … if we’re going to meet our needs without inflicting deep cuts elsewhere in the budget,” he said at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.
Editor’s note: Who ever thought we would see PennDOT and efficiency in the same sentence!
Extra taxes and fees aren’t the only tricks PennDOT has up its sleeves to round up more money for road projects.
The agency’s also turning to some less obvious solutions to its funding woes, such as mail-sorting machines and more durable highway paint.
PennDOT’s put together a list of technology investments, policy changes and other tweaks it thinks could save the state $50 million to $75 million a year and, in some cases, make the agency a little more pleasant to deal with.
The anticipated savings are a drop in the bucket compared with the $3.5 billion gap between available funding and the state’s transportation needs. But it’s something.