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Mt. Pleasant council to see proposed budget with no tax hike

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy and the finance committee will present a balanced 2014 proposed budget with no tax increase to council at its next work session for approval to advertise.

Councilwoman Susan Ruszkowski said Monday night she thought the budget was tight this year, but Landy came up with some creative ways to raise the revenue.

Landy said that as a result of health care insurance meetings, the borough was able to do a little better this year and still provide the health care services that employees are used to.

Council President Joe Bauer said it is impressive to pass a balanced budget that contains no tax increase, without cutting services.

“There are some things that we have no control over — health care, contracts — and that takes up 10 or 11 mills right there,” he said. “So with just 5 mills worth of taxes, we're doing everything else that we do in this town, from all of our activities to our improvements.

“We're ahead of the game right now,” he added, noting that the borough dodged another bullet this year.

In other business, council:

• Passed a motion to close Main Street (Route 31) from Braddock Road Avenue to Cherry Avenue between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 7 for the borough's Christmas parade, and Diamond Street (Route 981) from Main Street to Washington Street between noon and 2 p.m. the same day for Christmas programs.

• Passed motions to hire Michael Murphy of Greensburg as a part-time police officer and to add a speed bump in the rear of Independence Apartments.

• Approved free parking on borough streets from Nov. 29 to Jan. 2.

• Announced the Veterans Day parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. A ceremony will follow at 11 a.m.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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