Vandergrift Council Passes 2022 Budget With No Property Tax Increase

Vandergrift residents will not see a property tax increase next year.

The council adopted a final budget of $2.4 million on Monday. The property tax rate will remain at 28 thousandths.

The Borough’s budget forecasts revenues of approximately $2.2 million and expenditures of $2.4 million.

The difference will be made up by approximately $200,000 remaining from this year.

According to municipal documents, the borough expects to collect approximately $21,000 more in property taxes, compared to this year.

Total garbage disposal costs are budgeted at nearly $416,000 for next year. That’s an increase of over $40,000, or about 11%.

The increase is fueled by scheduled vehicle repairs and maintenance, recycling, the cost of collection and wages, and an expected increase in landfill fees totaling $19,000.

Outgoing Mayor Barb Turiak praised Borough Secretary Steve DelleDonne for his budget work. “Steve is so good at handling everything, so we’re very lucky to have him,” Turiak said.

Council member salaries and expenses are budgeted at $17,050 for 2022, the same number as in 2021. The council did not spend the $12,000 budgeted this year for the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs annual convention , which was canceled during the pandemic.

The mayor’s salary and phone expenses are expected to cost $1,450, an increase from the $1,230 budgeted for this year.

The borough secretary’s salary will increase by more than $1,600 next year, bringing the annual salary to just under $65,400. That’s a 2.5% increase.

The assistant secretary is expected to receive a salary increase of more than $2,200, to $31,200. That’s a 7.5% increase.

Police spending is expected to increase by more than $47,500, or about 5.5%, to $851,000. The budget includes increased spending on pensions, salaries, insurance, salaries for school caretakers, supplies and equipment.

Attorney fees are expected to decrease by approximately $5,300 (15%), with a budget of $29,000 for 2022.

The budget is available for public review at the Borough Building, 109 Grant Ave.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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