No great shakes in 2014 budget so far, as Carnegie officials begin process
Early discussions on the 2014 budget have begun in Carnegie Borough.
All six council members, the mayor, borough manager, public works manager and police chief met Monday to begin budget discussions.
Council Vice President Pat Catena said it is too early to tell whether the borough tax rate will remain flat or increase. The tax base, he said, should be stable.
“From the numbers I've seen, it should be relatively flat,” he said.
He said the preliminary budget numbers from each department are more of a wish list rather than final numbers, and departments will see their number pared down before the final budget is passed.
The budgets of public safety — which includes the police department — and public works department were highlighted at Monday's meeting.
From Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, the police department spent approximately $810,887, or 66.3 percent of its $1.223 million 2013 budget. That includes $32,314 in overtime so far this year.
The department is asking for an increase of $38,576 in 2014.
That increase would include the purchase of two new police fleet vehicles — the replacement of one and the addition of another.
The public works department has spent $606,364 of its $775,557 budget. The public works budget includes administration, winter maintenance and road maintenance.
The department is seeking a combined total of $880,187 for those three areas in 2014, including a 100-percent increase in winter maintenance — increasing the purchasing of rock salt from $60,000 to $120,000.
The council will hold its next budget meeting Oct. 21.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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