Fayette budget on Monday's agenda
Fayette County commissioners will meet on Monday to consider adopting a final budget for 2014.
The $32 million spending plan will not call for a tax increase, according to commissioners Al Ambrosini and Vincent Zapotosky.
Ambrosini and Zapotosky in November approved a proposed budget with $35 million in expenses but only about $32 million in revenues. The two commissioners on Friday said they have since pared expenses to match revenues.
Among the $3 million in cuts that were made were nearly all requests from department heads for new hires. Only a few requests for new hires remain in the budget, Ambrosini said, including one that calls for additional corrections officers to staff a proposed temporary women's prison annex.
The proposed temporary women's annex is expected to alleviate overcrowding at the 124-year-old jail in Uniontown until a new prison is built. The annex is to be located in a vacant building on Iowa Street in Uniontown, but the county is still negotiating terms of a proposed lease with the property owner, Steve Neubauer.
Zapotosky said another cut was made to the annual retirement contribution to the pension. The county's actuary recommended the county put between $1.4 million and $1.5 million into the pension, he said, but it is not included in the budget as proposed.
Zapotosky and Ambrosini said they do not feel that the annual contribution is needed because the pension fund has grown from $50 million to at least $62 million since July 2012, when Park Peirce Management Group of Westchester was hired to manage it.
Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink said Ambrosini and Zapotosky advised her of the changes they made to balance the budget, but she could not comment on specifics because as of late Friday afternoon the changes had not been made to an electronic working copy of the budget that is available to commissioners and department heads.
“They've informed me of their discussion with Sam Lynch over the weekend giving their decision to balance the budget by removing the $1.6 million ARC payments and some other expenses which they listed in their proposed budget and also adding revenue using Act 13 monies and recalculating the debt service fund and my response and to that I gave my suggestions & opinion but given that neither I nor the chief clerk have their amounts as of Friday afternoon I am unable to comment on the specifics,” Zimmerlink wrote in an email.
Commissioners are to meet at 9:30 a.m. in their conference room at the courthouse in Uniontown to adopt the budget.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Man accused in crash that killed Export driver rejects plea offer
- Man says fall cost him a leg, sues auto shop
- Former Fayette prison worker files suit in attack
- Connellsville Recreation Board revives Tangled Up in Brew
- New York man pleads guilty in Nemacolin incident
- Inaugural Geibel STEM camp gives pupils interactive, fun science experience
- Bike Fest returns to Yough Park
- Belle Vernon Eagle Scout project draws praise
- Fayette Relay for Life moves to Uniontown church
- Car cruises held every week in Connellsville
- Fayette Children and Youth Services to expand offices