Armstrong County-levied property taxes will hold steady in 2014, a decision made when the commissioners finalized next year's county budget on Thursday.
The commissioners unanimously approved a $19.3 million budget, which holds the county millage rate steady at 17.5 mills.
It reflects an overall increase of $662,862 from last year's $18.6 million budget, which is attributed to increased wages, healthcare costs and retirement contributions, according to financial adviser Carly Cowan.
In the preliminary budget, county officials planned for a 10 percent spending cut in each department. But the cut was reduced to about 7 percent, Cowan said.
“Some of the line-items that were originally cut were contractual items, such as solicitor costs and copiers,” Cowan said. “We had to go back into each of these items and make sure they weren't cut unrealistically.”
The cuts, which helped avoid a tax increase, saved the county approximately $270,000.
The county absorbed a $169,000 increase in employee wages, a $145,000 increase in health care coverage and an increase of $285,000 in the annual retirement contribution, according to a budget report.
“Times are tough, and we really need to stick to this budget in the coming year if we're going to keep things as financially viable as possible,” Cowan said. “It's just a guideline, but we have to stick to our guns because things aren't going to get any better.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A division of Trib Total Media is your one-stop-shop for all of your branded merchandise needs.
We specialize in providing quality affordable promotional products for every type of business including non-profits, schools, universities, sports teams and more. With 1000’s of products to choose from, our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect apparel item or product to suit your needs and budget.
Why use TPSolutions?
• Quality, brand name, screen printed and embroidered apparel
• Competitive prices
• Free design services
• Volume and non-profit discounts available
• Quick turn around
We offer a wide variety of traditional and new digital advertising options customized to fit your needs!
Whether you're just starting out, or you've been a keystone in the community for years, our knowledgeable staff can provide you with a customized package including online banners/advertisements, Social Media Marketing (Facebook / Twitter), Website development, Search Engine Optimization, Email Marketing solutions and much more!
Contact your local sales rep today for details, personalized proposal and a meeting to discuss how we can meet your needs.