Lack of on-the-job injuries pays big dividends for Murrysville
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Murrysville's pocketbook has gotten a little richer over the past few months.
The municipality last month received more than $89,000 in dividends from its worker's compensation insurance. It also received a 44-percent reduction in its policy premium because of a low number of claims.
“The credit for this goes to all employes,” chief administrator Jim Morrison said. “Our departments do good work and have good safety habits.”
Both the policy savings and the dividends will be deposited in the general fund and can be used for any project the municipality undertakes, Morrison said. The money hasn't been earmarked for any individual project, he said.
Murrysville also filed paperwork last month on how it will use the $58,000 the municipality received under Act 13, the state legislation that levies fees on unconventional well drillers. Each community throughout the state that agreed to participate in the legislation receives an annual cut of the fees collected by drillers. The distribution is determined by the number of wells in a community or its proximity to drilling.
Morrison said the money can only be used for certain projects, including road or sewer projects. It has been placed in the municipal reserve fund. At the end of 2012, that fund contained about $12.4 million.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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