Proposed budget shows no tax rate increase
Monroeville’s proposed budget for 2019 does not call for a property tax hike and reflects a slightly larger spending plan than this year’s.
Manager Tim Little’s draft budget is balanced at $35.6 million, which reflects a 6 percent increase in the municipality’s 2018 spending plan.
The municipality’s fund balance for 2019 is budgeted at nearly $11 million.
Little attributed the increase to growing expenditures in health benefits, salary increases, new police officer positions, a $500,000 increase in pensions and a $1 million transfer from its general fund into a newly-formed Pollution Control and Flood Reduction fund.
The PCFR fund was formed to pay for the municipality’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4 program.
Little said the $1 million transfer will act as “seed money” to get the program started. The program is expected to raise $3.2 million once fees are collected next year. About $500,000 of that will be used for capital improvement projects, according to the draft budget.
Little also stressed the municipality’s ongoing issue with aging infrastructure.
“This dilemma cannot be emphasized enough,” Little said. “The apparent adoption of the Pollution Control and Flood Control Ordinance will begin a steady revenue stream to repair storm water pipes, retention ponds and their appurtenances, but there are other infrastructure and capital needs that need (to be) replaced that do not have a steady revenue stream. These rising expenditures add to the fixed costs of the municipality.”
The manager is calling for a $1 million transfer from the general fund for road repair.
Little said there will be two public hearings before council adopts a final budget in December. They are at 7 p.m. Nov. 1, and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Both hearings will be held at 2700 Monroeville Blvd.
To read the entire 239-page draft budget, visit bit.ly/2QU9v2G.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dillonswriting.