No Tax Increase Planned in '18 for Duquesne Residents

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

There will be no property or wage tax increases in 2018 for Duquesne residents.

At Wednesday's city council meeting, City Manager Frank Piccolino said the Act 47 oversight board will review the city's proposed budget and make any final recommendations.

Council is scheduled to adopt the budget Dec. 13.

City Solicitor Patricia McGrail asked council for a motion to advertise the 2018 earned income tax rate of 1.15 percent for residents and 1.3 percent for non-residents. Council approved the motion 4-0.

The city will borrow $450,000 on a tax-anticipation note from First Commonwealth Bank. City Manager Frank Piccolino said First Commonwealth's bid was the only one received. Council approved the bid by 4-0 vote.

The rate on the tax anticipation note has increased slightly from last year, to 2.15 percent, Piccolino said.


In other business, Duquesne will be accepting applications from people interested in taking the civil-service test to become a police officer.

Mayor Philip Krivacek told council the department will have several officers leaving in January, and he's worried about leaving the department short-handed when Mayor-Elect Nickole Nesby takes over.

“We have a new administration taking over for the new year and we want to see a fluid transition,” Krivacek said.

Applications are currently being accepted in the business manager’s office, he said.

Originally published November 10, 2017.

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