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Manor officials look to add employees, hold line on taxes

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Manor officials say they anticipate hiring another full-time police officer and a public-works employee in 2013 without raising property taxes.

Manor Council is advertising a budget that features $1.06 million in spending but would keep the tax rate at 16.5 mills. Final approval is expected at the Dec. 19 public meeting.

Despite the proposed hiring of two new employees, officials are projecting that the borough will spend $21,300 less next year. They estimate collecting $16,350 more in revenue and having a cash balance of nearly $279,000 at the end of 2013.

Though Manor will have a third full-time police officer, the department's costs will increase by only $853 to $294,550 because the borough will spend about $43,000 less on wages for part-time officers. That expense could go down by another $6,000 for health insurance if the officer is single and doesn't need a family plan, Manager Joe Lapia said.

A third full-time public-works employee would help to boost that department's expenses by almost $13,000 to $183,287.

Meanwhile, the borough's general fund won't be saddled with expenses for the replacement of stormwater sewer lines, like the $40,000 budgeted in 2012. Costs associated with a $3.07-million sewer infrastructure project will be covered by a state loan and federal grant.

Officials also estimate saving $13,000 on worker's compensation insurance next year.

One outstanding issue is Lapia's salary, which was $34,000 this year. The proposed budget lists his 2013 compensation at $37,000, but council members have said they will vote separately on it.

“We'll have to come up with those numbers,” Councilman Brian Woy said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8671 or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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