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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Manor Council's budget estimates for 2014 won't require property owners to face a higher tax rate in the spring.

Council is advertising a budget that would keep the property-tax rate at 16.5 mills.

Final approval of the estimated $1.1 million in expenses is expected to happen at council's Dec. 18 meeting.

Officials anticipate carrying over a nearly $290,000 surplus in the general fund from this year, borough manager Joe Lapia said.

One year after council budgeted for hiring a third full-time officer, council members scrapped a plan to add another full-timer to the force in 2014.

“While a fourth full-time officer would be great … we cannot figure it in and make the numbers work,” Council President Dawn Lynn said.

Council also decided against reserving $17,500 to upgrade the marquee on Route 993 that advertises community events.

Officials are planning to budget $140,000 for street paving next year.

They also have about $14,000 in drilling-impact fees that they might use for road improvements or other infrastructure projects.

Many other budget line items are similar to this year's spending levels.

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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