Murrysville budget indicates 5.6 percent increase in revenues, expenditures
There is no tax-rate increase in Murrysville's proposed 2014 budget.
The $8 million spending plan indicates thatrevenues and expenditures will increase by 5.6 percent over the 2013 budget.
In discussing the proposal at the Nov. 6 Murrysville Council meeting, chief administrator Jim Morrison and director of finance Diane Hemming said they hope to start rebuilding the municipality's funding reserves next year by moving $900,000 in revenue.
Hemming said building up the reserves would enable the municipality to handle any “unexpected” expenses.
Municipal officials are expecting a windfall of earned-income taxes next year, thanks to conservative budgeting in 2013.
When officials were developing the 2013 budget, they weren't sure how much tax income the municipality would receive in this, the first year that the county was responsible for collecting and distributing earned-income tax, Hemming said.
“We weren't confident projecting an increase,” she said.
The value of a mill in the municipality has been on a consistent upswing since 2011, according to the proposed plan. The value of a mill in 2014 is estimated at $323,000 — a 2.2 percent increase over 2013 — because of new developments and construction in the municipality.
The millage rate is expected to remain at 12.15 mills.
One uncertainty lies with a police contract that is being negotiated, Hemming said.
“We don't really know what the final outcome will be,” Hemming said.
Capital projects for 2014 include road and bridge maintenance; vehicle purchases for fire, police and public works; and signal and median improvements on Route 22.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.
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