Green Tree council approves $7.7 million budget with no tax increase

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Real estate taxes in Green Tree will remain at 3.61 mills for 2014 under a $7.7 million budget approved unanimously Monday by borough council.

Also remaining unchanged for the new year is the business privilege tax, followed by the earned income tax. Taxpayers will not see any increases in solid waste collection charges either.

"I think Council is pleased that they can continue to hold the line on taxes without cutting services," Manager David Montz said after the meeting.

However, residents will see small increases in sewer maintenance fees that the borough is passing on from the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority. The increase is an additional 50 cents per each 1,000 gal. used.

Proposed capital improvement projects for 2014 include $145,000 in sidewalk replacements on Greentree Road from Mansfield Avenue to Parkway Center Drive, installation of a $100,000 HVAC system for the municipal center and $90,000 to repair the concrete apron at the fire hall.

Also, Mr. Montz has projected the replacement of the internal lining of the sanitary sewer behind 1041-1055 Norsis Drive and 154-162 Parkedge Road. Money has been appropriated for a policeman to replace a retiring officer.

To finance the borough until next year's tax revenues begin to come in, officials approved a $1 million tax anticipation loan by resolution.

In other action, a community pride proclamation was read on behalf of Mario DaRosso of Oakville Drive, a borough resident for 60 years who turned 90 on Nov. 17.

Mr. DaRosso, a retired tile setter with Sanitary Tile Co., was a member of the 34th Infantry Division in the Army National Guard from three years starting in February 1943. He was honorable discharged in February 1946. During his Army stint, he became an interpreter and his troop made the third crossing of the Volturno River in Italy.

While his unit was eating lunch on Nov. 7, 1943, the Germans attacked the the troop and Mr. DaRosso received a serious shrapnel injury while trying to help his wounded captain. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his effort.

In its proclamation, the borough extended its gratitude to Mr. DaRosso for his service and wished him a happy birthday.

He was asked to turn the lights on the borough's Christmas tree at the borough's annual light up ceremony on Dec. 7.

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