Finance & Tax
FINANCE DIRECTOR Andrew McCreery
Treasury Manager Tammy Kammenzind
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F
710 Washington Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228-2018
The Mt. Lebanon Finance Department is responsible for overseeing an operating budget of $35.2 million and a total combined budget of $59.5 million. Finance Director Andrew McCreery heads the department and oversees the tax office, which is directed by Treasury Manager Tammy Kammenzind.
The tax office accounts for all municipal revenue collections. The treasury manager is responsible for the collection, deposit and reporting of real estate taxes for the Municipality and School District of Mt. Lebanon. Collection costs are shared between the taxing bodies.
Millage (a mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value)
Mt. Lebanon Municipality 4.71
Mt. Lebanon School District 24.79 (Rate for 2020. 2021 rate not set at publish date)
Allegheny County 4.73
Earned Income Tax Rate
Mt. Lebanon Municipality 0.8% Mt. Lebanon School District 0.5%
Real Estate Taxes
The Mt. Lebanon Commission and School Board determine the annual millage rate when their budgets are adopted. The municipal budget is adopted in December and the school district budget in May.
Municipality and School District Installment Option (School District Only)
Discount Period: June 1 – July 31 Installment 1 – Due September 30
Face Period: August 1 – September 30 Installment 2 – Due December 31
Penalty Period: After September 30 Installment 3 – February 28 of the following year
Manage Your Real Estate Taxes Online!
New this year, you can submit payments online, with no extra fees if you pay by e-check. You can also monitor the status of your real estate taxes by viewing your tax amounts and payments posted. Check it out at mylebo.mtlebanon.org/
Earned Income Taxes
Earned income taxes are mandated to be collected through a tax collection district appointed tax collector, in our case, Jordan Tax Service. Earned Income Tax Final Returns are due May 17, and all final returns should be filed with Jordan Tax Service, 102 Rahway Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Residents are encouraged to file electronically at www.jordantax.com.
Third Party Collector
Mt. Lebanon has a contractual relationship with Jordan Tax Service for the following taxes/fees:
• Current, delinquent and liened sewage fees
• Delinquent and liened real estate taxes
• Delinquent and liened storm water management fees
• Local services tax
Mt. Lebanon bills annually for our storm water management fee. The fee is $8/month for a single-family home or $96/year. Other property types are billed on a calculation of the property’s impervious area. We mail out the bills annually on January 1, and the face amount is due April 30, with a two percent discount period through February 28. Penalty and interest accrue thereafter.
Once collected, these fees fund operations and maintenance of the stormwater infrastructure, administration of our federally mandated municipal permit requirements, engineering and technical review staff and design and construction of capital improvements.
Through Jordan Tax Service, Mt. Lebanon bills residents a sewage fee that is made up of two components: 1) Municipal fees for operations, maintenance and infrastructure and 2) the sewage treatment processing fee from our sewage treatment processor, Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). The fees are based on your water consumption.
Municipal Fee: $4.15 per 1,000 gallons
Sewage Treatment Fee: $9.10 per 1,000 gallons plus a $6.37 flat fee
The Budget Process
The municipal budgeting process begins in the summer, as department heads work with the finance department and the municipal manager on their requests for service.
Mt. Lebanon uses a modified zero-based budget system. This means each level of service in each department is justified anew annually and given a separate funding cost. For 2021, department heads and staff officers requested funding for a total of 252 units. The municipal manager then prioritizes the requested services and recommends funding as many as are possible, considering the projected revenue.
For example, the Public Information Office listed four levels of funding this year. Levels 1 and 2 employed various personnel to help facilitate municipal information and provide community communications support. Level 3 provided funding for Mt. Lebanon Magazine, with a direct revenue offset from advertising sales. The 2020 budget funded through Level 3. In the 2021 budget, Level 4 requested a conversion of the assistant public information officer from part-time to full-time. After the budget discussion and subsequent approval, Level 4 was funded.
The recommended budget must be made available to the public by November 1. The commission holds a series of public hearings and workshops to gather residents’ input before voting to adopt the budget in December.
Our finance department has received numerous national awards for its financial reporting, and its financial practices have paid off with a bond rating of Aa2 from Moody’s, Inc., one of the top three credit rating firms. This afforded us favorable rates when we issued over $13 million in bonds to refinance two series of outstanding debt.