By Elizabeth Perry
Area municipal budgets for 2023 are in, with millage rates remaining steady in most townships and boroughs aside from Carnegie.
Carnegie passed a millage increase of .25, going from 7.00 to 7.25. A homeowner with a house assessed at $100,000 would see a $25 annual tax increase.
Carnegie Council Vice President Sue Demko said the millage increase passage was done with a heavy heart, but she and her colleagues felt it was necessary.
Below are some comparisons between boroughs and townships in the region. According to Kennedy Township’s officials, they have the largest budget at $17,654,292. Stowe has the smallest budget at $2,929,393.
For the majority of the local area government, police department funding tends to be the biggest budget expenditure. McKees Rocks spends the most percentage-wise, at 42%, Robinson is next at 39%, Stowe spends 35% and Coraopolis spends 30%. Carnegie is projected to spend 14% and Crafton 13% of their total budget.
The largest budget expenditure in Carnegie is the sewage budget, at $3,553,859. Revenue from sewer bills covers most of this expense and in 2023 the borough is projecting a profit of
$66,641 compared to 2022 which ended the year out at a cost of $385,700.
The same is true of Crafton, with the largest budget expenditure listed as the sewer fund at $2,655,670.
McKees Rocks $4,597,000
Robinson Township $15,757,385
Stowe Township $2,929,393
a general budget:
General Fund $11,550,640
Sewer Fund $5,869,445
Liquid Fuel $454,222
McKees Rocks $304,600
McKees Rocks $1,935,100
McKees Rocks $94,800
Robinson Township $576,500
Stowe Township $69,000
**(Office and total legislative added to get Stowe General Government Expense)