There is no property tax increase planned for North Versailles Twp. residents in 2019.
At their Dec. 20 meeting, township commissioners approved a 2019 budget in the amount of $8,206,638, with property taxes set at 7.75 mills, including 7.25 mills for the general fund in 0.5 mills to support the volunteer fire service.
Median property value in North Versailles is $57,000, according to the Allegheny County Treasurer's Office.
The millage represents $7.75 in property tax on each $1,000 of a property's assessment. A property assessed at $50,000 would owe $441.75 in township property tax.
In other business:
Commissioners by 2-5 vote rejected a motion by Ward 3 Commissioner George Beswick to hire an applicant for the position of road department supervisor. Beswick and Ward 2 Commissioner Daryl Mitchell cast the only "yes" votes.
The name of the applicant was not made public.
Beswick said the applicant was the only person who applied, and that the job was advertised twice. He suggested the unidentified candidate could be hired on an interim basis.
Other commissioners said that additional candidates needed to be considered. The position is budgeted at $60,000, township Manager Patricia Logo said.
The board accepted the resignation of veteran dispatcher Mark Frederick and part-time dispatcher Jessica Moore and approved the hiring of part-time dispatcher Amber Gobrish and full-time dispatcher Craig Procacina.
Compensation and benefits for the new employees are dictated by existing collective bargaining agreements, Commission President Frank Bivins said.
Commissioners by 6-1 vote approved payments in the amount of $4,953.15 to West Wilmerding VFC and $1,873.35 for Crestas VFC from the 2018 Fire Tax Money. Beswick cast the "no" vote.
Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve a 2 percent wage increase for several township employees, including manager, accountant, parks and recreation director, janitors, tax office clerk and code enforcement officer. Beswick and Mitchell voted against the increases.
Commissioners accepted a bid of $10,850 from Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood to perform the township's 2018 audit.
Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers news from McKeesport Area School District and North Versailles Twp. for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at email@example.com. Editor Jason Togyer contributed to this story. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published December 27, 2018.