Collier's early budgets show no tax increase

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There's good news for Collier taxpayers. The township's preliminary $6.5 million operating and $3.9 million capital budgets indicate no increase in earned income, real estate or business taxes for 2014.

A two-page handout distributed Nov. 13 indicates that the property tax rate of 2.73 mills has been unchanged for more than 16 years.

The document was prepared by finance officer and CPA Jeffrey Hinds.

The operating budget pays for day-to-day operations, while the capital budget finances the construction of major projects such as roads, buildings and infrastructure.

Among the proposed capital projects for next year are completion of the Collier Recreation Center, construction and additional playground equipment at Collier Park, storm sewer improvements, continuation of the road program, public safety additions and other initiatives such as the street signage program, upgrades to the Flag Day Memorial and installation of a dog park.

Adoption of the budget is expected Dec. 11. The spending plan will be posted at

In other action, commissioners set the compensation for the appointed township treasurer at $1,400 a year, effective Jan. 6. Commissioner Robert Shuler, who was elected to the position earlier this month, abstained and Commissioner Wilson Durisko was absent.

In more business, Tim Nadik of Collier Avenue in Cubbage Hill asked for an update on the Prestley Heights planned residential development, which extends into Carnegie. Many Cubbage Hill residents have reported basement flooding during heavy storms and they believe it is related to the new housing development's construction.

Engineer Kevin Brett said the developer has completed his construction work but still has to finish the maintenance of some township sewer pipes. Residents who experienced flooding should submit their lists of damages to township Manager Sal Sirabella, who said pointed out that there may be some residents who have not disconnected their roof drains from sanitary sewer lines.

"I'm tired of suffering the consequences of other peoples' actions," Mr. Nadik said.

Mr. Schuler said the state Department of Environmental Protection has halted construction until all of the water is contained. However, line maintenance must be kept up.

Also, Napoli's Restaurant and owners Bob and Diane Stefel were honored for being in business for 25 years.

"The board decided we'd recognize our businesses that have achieved tremendous levels of success," said Commissioner George Macino in reading a proclamation declaring Nov. 13 as Napoli Restaurant Day in the township.

"Thanks for all the good food," added Mr. Schuler.

It was noted that In a recent departmental election, the following Rennerdale Volunteer Fire Department members were named as elected officers: Andrew Giroski, president; Mike Corba, vice president; Mike Meglen, secretary; and Jason Oskamp, treasurer.

Named as directors were Bob Kinzler, Heather Oberle and Ken Bock. Dave Brown is fire chief, Steve Oberle is first assistant chief; Mike Meglen is captain; Kathleen Rufennach is EMS director; and Ken Bock is hall manager.

Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: First Published November 21, 2013 3:22 PM

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