Police levy debated

SHADYSIDE – The Shadyside council held a meeting on Monday, July 1 to discuss the matters of levies on the upcoming ballot in November.

The levy that lead to the most discussion was the police levy. The discussion included whether or not the next police levy on the ballot should be a replacement levy or a renewal levy.

“As council, we need to decide tonight whether we are going to do a replacement levy,” said Councilman Bud Melanko.

Council voted on which levy to put on the ballot. With a four-to-one vote to put a replacement levy on, it was not passed due to the fact it needed five members of council to approve it. Councilman Jay Morgan was not present at the meeting.

The council then voted to pass the renewal levy with a five-out-of-five vote.

The levy will go back to the finance committee and will be brought again before council after they discuss it again.

The two-and-a-half mil replacement levy is the same one that was put on in 1998. The renewal levy will be a two-and-a-half mil levy as well, but will come off of today’s taxes. The renewal levy will come off of the taxes that were set in 1998.

“We need the money. I am not saying we don’t, but people will always vote for the renewal levy,” said Councilwoman Connie Gross.

Shadyside Police Chief Rusty Patt reported that everyone on the police force passed and is requalifed to use firearms. Shadyside officer Richard Young was hired as a permanent full-time employee and was removed from probation. Officer Gordon Jenkins was removed as a Shadyside police officer and will not be re-appointed.

Van Dyne can be reached at kvandyne@ timesleaderonline.com.