Is Connellsville facing a financial crisis?
City officials next week will meet to plan for the 2014 budget. There's no question that they will face some difficult budgeting choices.
Some council members have hinted that the upcoming budget sessions will be a challenge, and leaders may have to decide whether to raise taxes — and if so, by how much. Connellsville property owners have not had a tax increase in more than 20 years.
Nevertheless, city officials must look at all options when planning for Connellsville's financial future. This may also mean looking at cuts in some areas.
Most important, this means developing a realistic spending plan.
We realize planning a municipal budget is not an easy job. There are contracts that must be followed, along with state and federal mandates.
Our city leaders must look closely at what the city is bringing in, what is going out — and where the money is going. Overestimating or hoping for unrealized revenue is not responsible budgeting.
Residents of Connellsville have put their trust in elected officials to do their best to protect the city. Preparing a professional, reasonable and realistic spending plan is a big part of that trust.
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