The North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday night passed an $11.5 million budget for 2013 that reduces real estate taxes by 1 mill.
The budget was unanimously approved.
Township real estate taxes in 2013 will be 9.23 mills, one mill less than the 2012 tax rate of 10.23.
"I like the tax decrease," commissioners' President Lee Moffatt said Wednesday.
Commissioner Rich Gray said in october that the tonwship should reduce taxes because development in the township has led to an increase in revenue betyond what the township needs.
Township Manager John Shepherd said today that the township's reserve earlier this year was $7 million. Township officials won't know the current amount in the reserve until January after this year's budget has been closed out, he said.
Mr. Moffatt said Wednesday the commissioners need to decide how much to take down the reserve in 2013.
The township might be able to do a project to help ease flooding in Jacktown Acres in 2013, and might be able to address a problem along Pine Hollow Road, Mr. Moffatt said.
Mr. Shepherd said the commissioners are considering building a storm water retention pond in Lions Park to help ease flooding in Jacktown Acres.
Also Wednesday, commissioners voted to hire Ackenheil Engineers of Pittsburgh to help with a dangerous landslide along Pine Hollow Road. The company will perform a soil study for $35,000 to determine what to do with the slide area.
Mr. Shepherd said based on the engineers' recommendations, the township might only need to build a retaining wall, or might wind up moving Pine Hollow Road back from the hillside.
The project could be inexpensive, or could cost as much as $500,000, he said.
Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: email@example.com. First Published December 19, 2012 11:00 PM