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Penn Hills council passes 2014 budget

| Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 3:36 p.m.

Penn Hills council voted unanimously, 4-0 — councilman J-Lavon Kincaid was not present — on Tuesday, Dec. 31, to pass a $47 municipal budget for 2014.

Municipal Manager Moe Rayan's proposed budget shows the municipality beginning the new year with an additional $1 million in the general fund ($6.74 million, as opposed to $5.77 million in 2013). Revenue is projected to be just more than $40 million. The millage rate of 5.444 mills will remain in place.

The new budget also includes a newly combined position, “fire marshal/chief code inspector,” which will both add to the short-staffed code department and fill the fire marshal position that has remained vacant since Jack Mason's retirement in the summer of 2012.

The candidate who fills the position — Rayan said the hiring process will begin in January — will make the regular fire marshal salary of $48,692.80. The fire marshal reports directly to the chief of police, but for code enforcement matters, he or she will report to code director John McCafferty, who was moved from acting director to full-time director with the passage of the 2014 budget.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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