North Huntingdon adopts tentative budget; maintains tax rate |

North Huntingdon adopts tentative budget; maintains tax rate

Joe Napsha

North Huntingdon property owners will not pay additional real estate taxes in 2019.

On Nov. 21, commissioners voted to keep the tax rate at 11.73 mills after approving a tentative $14.92 million general fund budget. Of the 11.73 mills, 9.23 mills will go to the general fund, 1.5 mills will go to the township’s fire departments and 1 mill will be allocated for the capital reserve fund.

The tentative general fund budget for next year is $14.92 million. Of the 11.73 mill tax rate, 9.23 mills will go to the general fund, 1.5 mills will go to the township’s fire departments and 1 mill will be allocated for the capital reserve fund.

“This budget is a pretty lean budget,” township Manager Jeff Silka said. There are no new positions proposed in the budget, he noted.

The 2019 general fund budget includes $650,000 to stabilize two landslides below Haywood Road. Excluding the stabilization project, 2019 expenses represent would be 2 percent more than the $14.09 million current budget, Silka said.

The increase indicates a “very modest spending program” for 2019, Silka said.

The township would use $2.3 million from its reserve fund to cover the additional amount, Silka said.

“We are technically deficit spending,” he said, but the reserve fund still is about 25 percent of its general fund.

To pay for the Haywood Road stabilization, the township has applied for a special, zero-interest Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank Loan. Work at the site is expected to begin next month, Silka said.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or [email protected]

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