No tax increase expected in Fayette's budget
Fayette County commissioners will introduce a tentative 2013 budget next week.
During an agenda meeting on Tuesday, commissioners agreed to vote on the proposed spending plan when they meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 21.
Dollar figures on revenue and expenses were not available on Tuesday because the board is still gathering information, said Commissioner Vincent Zapotosky.
Commissioner Al Ambrosini said he does not anticipate a tax increase. Noting taxes were increased by 1 mill in 2012, Zapotosky said he will not support another increase in 2013.
Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink, who opposed the 2012 increase, could not be reached for comment after the meeting.
Zapotosky said the board will have to find a way to fund a number of significant expenses without raising taxes, including an estimated $1.4 million for the annual retirement-fund contribution.
The 2012 increase set millage at 4.51448. With the average assessment at $50,000, the 1-mill increase cost most taxpayers $50, according to former chief tax assessor Jim Hercik.
In other matters, commissioners next week will consider ratifying a new labor contract with the union that represents Children and Youth Services workers, SEIU Local 668.
Dominick Carnicella, human resources director, said the agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2014.
The contract covers about 35 employees and calls for 3 percent annual pay increases, Carnicella said. Employees will see a half-percent increase in their health care premiums, he said.
The health care premium increase will jump another 2 percent for employees who do not complete a wellness program through the insurer, Highmark, Carnicella said. The wellness program calls for employees to fill out health questionnaires, undergo preventive exams, and participate in programs such as smoking cessation.
In a related matter, commissioners will consider approving the Behavioral Health Administration's 2013 compensation plan. Effective for one year, the plan calls for 3 percent pay increases, Carnicella said.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.