Jeannette raises earned income tax rate

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Jeannette residents will pay more in earned income tax in 2014, and businesses will pay higher garbage rates.

City council on Monday approved a $5.9 million budget that increases the earned income tax from 1.15 percent to 1.5 percent. The city and school district will split 1 percent, and the remainder of the tax will go toward paying the municipality’s pension debt, which is estimated at $1.36 million in 2014.

According to council, the tax increase was needed to keep the city afloat while efforts continue to avoid having the city declared financially distressed under Act 47, the Pennsylvania Municipal Recovery Act, and having the state take control of city affairs.

The final ledger is identical to the preliminary budget announced in December.

The property tax rate remains 32.62 mills, with each mill bringing in about $65,000.

Council also approved increasing the city’s commercial garbage collection rates.

Businesses that use bags rather than dumpsters will see an increase from $14 to $20 per pickup.

Businesses that use dumpsters will see an increase for each time garbage is collected at their establishment. Two-yard dumpsters will increase from $20 to $28, three-yard dumpsters from $25 to $35, six-yard dumpsters from $34 to $47.50 and an eight-yard dumpster from $44 to $59.

The actions were approved by a four-member board as outgoing Mayor Robert Carter was absent from the meeting, which lasted 15 minutes. 

The city’s new mayor, Richard Jacobelli, was in attendance. He will be sworn into office Monday.

Linda Metz, freelance writer; suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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