DeLuca reminds Penn Hills residents to attend local budget hearings

Proposals could raise property taxes, charge for trash collection

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca wants Penn Hills residents to be aware of two upcoming public budget hearings that will address township proposals for eliminating a 2019 budget shortfall.

DeLuca noted that Penn Hills’ preliminary budget shows a $1.4 million deficit. To eliminate that shortfall, he said the municipal manager has proposed several solutions, including increasing residents’ property taxes and/or charging a monthly fee for garbage collection. The garbage collection fee is proposed for at least three years, with a yearly rate increase.

He urged all residents to attend the meetings so they can make their voices heard to the mayor and council.

“Penn Hills residents are the ones who will be affected by these proposals,” DeLuca said. “It’s of paramount importance that they participate and have a say in the matter.” 

Deluca noted that the hearings will be held at the Penn Hills Government Center, 102 Duff Road, at the following times:

  • 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3

  • 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17

He added that residents can also stop in at the center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to review the proposed local budget. Final budget adoption is slated for Friday, Dec. 28.