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Vandergrift spending plan spares taxpayers

Emily Balser
| Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 12:31 a.m.
Jack Fordyce | Tribune-Review

Real estate tax bills for Vandergrift property owners will stay the same next year.

Council passed the $2.7 million budget for 2018 that keeps the tax rate at 28 mills.

The vote on Monday was 6-0, with Councilwoman Christine Wilson absent.

Borough Secretary Steve DelleDonne said there are no major projects slated for next year.

“It's just normal operating stuff,” he said.

The biggest increases from this year are health care and wages, DelleDonne said.

He said health care costs went up by about $15,000 and wages went up between 2 percent and 2.5 percent.

DelleDonne said one mill generates about $22,000 for the borough.

The median assessed value of a house in Vandergrift is about $7,850, according to the Westmoreland County tax office.

The median assessed value of a house is not the same as the market value. Westmoreland County hasn't reassessed properties in more than 40 years.

The state accounts for the disparity between the value of a home and its assessed value through a formula to determine the current assessed value. A house's market value is multiplied by 16.2 percent to determine its assessed value. For example, a home worth $100,000 would be assessed at $16,200, and the millage applied to that.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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