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Greensburg City Council budget to call for no tax increase or service cuts

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Greensburg City Council will introduce a 2014 budget next week that calls for no increase in real estate taxes or cuts in services, city officials said.

Council briefly reviewed the budget during a meeting Wednesday.

Plans are to present the $10.5 million general fund and other accounts within the budget during the board's regular meeting Tuesday.

Figures for the other accounts, such as pension, grants and liquid fuel money, are not part of the general fund and weren't available.

Council will adopt the budget during its Dec. 9 meeting, City Administrator Sue Trout said.

Millage totals 25.05.

As part of the budget, police will get a 3 percent raise, and members of Teamsters Local 30 a 2.5 percent raise, both set by contracts, Trout said.

The Teamsters represent 26 employees in the maintenance, street and recreation departments.

Nonunion employees will receive raises between 2 and 3 percent, city officials said.

Council last increased property taxes 3.8 mills in 2009 and 1.25 mills in 2008.

Among larger purchases this time, council expects to pay $65,000 for dehumidifiers at Kirk S. Nevin Arena and $79,000 to replace the roof at the electric shop maintenance building behind city hall. The roof is leaking, Trout said.

The budget contains a line item for $6 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds to be used for the new Seton Hill University visual arts center at the corner of West Otterman Street and College Avenue.

Greensburg is serving as the sponsoring agency because Seton Hill is a private university.

The 46,000-square-foot center will house art and dance studios, classrooms, design labs, the Harlan Art Gallery, offices and other features.

University officials hope to complete construction by fall 2014.

In another matter, the city and city police department received their 10th straight platinum award from AAA.

The department was recognized for efforts to reduce fatalities and for holding educational programs that promote safe driving.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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