No tax hike in Monroeville 2019 budget
Monroeville council adopted a balanced $35.8 million budget for 2019 that does not include property tax hikes.
The spending plan reflects a 6.8 percent increase from the previous year. The municipality’s fund balance for 2019 is budgeted at nearly $11 million.
Manager Tim Little attributed the jump to a $335,000 increase in health benefit costs, another $300,000 increase in salaries and benefits for the addition of police officers, a $580,000 increase in pension obligations and a $1 million transfer from its general fund into a newly-formed Pollution Control and Flood Reduction fund.
The PCFR will fund the municipality’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4, and is expected to raise $3.2 million in its first year by levying a fee against property owners including residents, businesses and houses of worship.
Little also said around $236,000 was taken from the fund balance to pay for the hiring of a heavy mechanic in the public works department and for an IT manager in the police department. Neither position has been filled yet, Little said.
Another $1 million was transferred to the municipality’s Capital Improvement Fund from the general fund to pay for road repair.
Below is a list of the township’s largest expenditures in 2019’s proposed budget:
• Public safety: $14.5 million
• Public works: $7.9 million
• General budget: $4.2 million
• Debt service: $3.2 million
• Human services: $3 million
• Transfers: $2 million
To read the entire budget, click here .
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dillonswriting.