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Murrysville budget indicates 5.6 percent increase in revenues, expenditures

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

There is no tax increase in Murrysville's proposed 2014 budget.

The $8 million spending plan indicates that revenues and expenditures will increase by 5.6 percent over the 2013 budget.

The proposal was discussed with council on Wednesday.

Chief Administrator Jim Morrison and Director of Finance Diane Hemming said they hope to start rebuilding the municipality's funding reserves next year by moving $900,000 in revenue.

Hemming said building up the reserves would enable the municipality to handle any “unexpected” expenses.

Municipal officials are expecting a windfall of earned income taxes next year, thanks to conservative budgeting in 2013.

Hemming said officials weren't sure when developing the 2013 budget what kind of income they would get with the responsibility of earned income tax collection shifted to the Westmoreland County.

“We weren't confident projecting an increase,” she said.

The value of a mill in the municipality has been on a consistent upswing since 2011, according to the proposed plan. The value of a mill in 2014 is estimated at $323,000 — a 2.2 percent increase over 2013, because of new developments and construction in the municipality.

The millage rate is expected to remain at 12.15 mills.

One uncertainty lies with a police contract that is being negotiated, Hemming said.

“We don't really know what the final outcome will be,” Hemming said.

Capital projects for 2014 include road and bridge maintenance, vehicle purchases for fire, police and public works, and signal and median improvements on Route 22.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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