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Tentative budget on display through Dec. 19
North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved a preliminary budget for 2020 that includes no tax increase.
At this month's meeting, commissioners approved a tentative budget for 2020 in the amount of $8.1 million, consisting of $7,577,657 for the general fund; $331,248 for the liquid fuels fund and $205,010 for the fire tax fund.
Commissioners also gave preliminary approval to an ordinance fixing the tax rate for the year 2020 at 7.25 mills for the general fund and 0.5 mills for the fire tax.
The tax rates remain unchanged, while spending has decreased slightly from the 2019 budgeted amount of $8.2 million.
The preliminary 2020 budget will be available for public inspection for 20 days in the township manager's office, 1401 Greensburg Ave., during regular business hours. Final adoption of the budget is expected at the commissioners' regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
In other business:
Commissioners approved the acquisition and subsequent disposition of two properties through the vacant property program: a vacant lot on Girard Avenue and a home at 321 Arlington Ave.
Commissioners also voted to approve:
Payment of the remainder of the township's contribution for the police pension plan in the amount of $200,518.55;
A motion to accept the quote from Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood to perform the 2019 audit in the amount of $10,850;
A motion to approve the resolution passed by the civil service commission on Oct. 30, 2019 amending the civil service rules and regulations was approved;
Ratification of a phone vote held on Oct. 21 for West Wilmerding Volunteer Fire Dept. to purchase a 2004 Dodge pickup truck;
A motion introduced by Commissioner Sam Juliano for the installation of a safety mirror at the intersection of East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd and Overhill Drive;
A motion introduced by Commissioner George Beswick for the installation of a speed bump on Valley Bloom Avenue, not to exceed $5,000;
A motion to purchase a Santa suit, at a cost not to exceed $400.
A motion to approve payments in the amount of $3,965.45 to West Wilmerding VFC from the 2018 Fire Tax Money and $2,111.13 for Crestas VFC from the 2019 Fire Tax Money, Commissioner Russell Saula said.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published November 27, 2019.