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Versailles council adjusts real estate tax rate

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By Stacy Lee
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 4:06 a.m.
 

Versailles council set its 2013 millage on Monday with two ordinances.

The first ordinance, which is a procedural measure, fixes the millage rate at 6.11 to make the borough revenue neutral, and the second readjusts the millage to 7.

The latter ordinance gives the borough a 2.55 percent windfall.

“First of all, we had to go down to neutral,” council president Linda Sheedy said. “We could realize a 5 percent increase, but we chose not to. We chose to go 2½. It's a whole mill lower than we were.”

She said the reason council chose a windfall is because there are many commercial properties in Versailles that are still going through property reassessment appeals.

“If their tax value is lowered, then we are going to be getting less money,” Sheedy said. “It could be a lot less than we're banking on. That gives us a chance that we might not be able to make our budget.”

She said it will provide the borough with a buffer.

Attorney Krisha Mackulin, representing borough solicitor Pat McGrail, advised council earlier this month that it should have at least a 1 or 2 percent windfall as a cushion because of the property reassessment appeals.

She said a multimillion dollar property like Olympia Shopping Center could pull the borough down if its reassessment gets reduced significantly.

Mackulin said the borough could re-evaluate its millage next year if it needs to do so.

Monday's Versailles council meeting was a continuation of the regular meeting earlier this month.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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