Proposed Monroeville budget has no tax increase | TribLIVE.com
Monroeville

Proposed Monroeville budget has no tax increase

Dillon Carr
1794672_web1_monroevillesign
Monroeville’s municipal building

Monroeville’s proposed budget does not include a recommendation to increase property taxes, according to the municipality’s manager.

Manager Tim Little presented his proposed 2020 budget before council at an Oct. 8 meeting.

The $35.3 million budget reflects a 1.45% decrease from 2019’s budget and includes a $2.5 million transfer from the municipality’s general fund into its capital improvements plan to address Monroeville’s “deteriorating assets” for the next five years.

Typically, the capital improvement plan gets a $1 million boost from the general fund, Little said.

The deteriorating assets include roads, traffic lights, parks and recreation equipment, vehicles and buildings.

But Little warned council that using money from the general fund to pay for capital projects is not “sound fiscal policy.”

“Caution should apply beyond 2020 in that the fund balance can significantly decrease due to unforeseen capital expenditures,” read the manager’s message to council in his proposed budget.

Despite the warning, Little said the municipality’s fund balance remains healthy. According to the proposed budget, the total unassigned fund balance will sit at $12.7 million by Dec. 31, 2020.

Paving roads continues to be a necessity, Little said, adding the municipality paved 2.3 miles of road in 2019. To keep up with the maintenance, he said the municipality should be paving seven miles each year.

“We’re nowhere near that. We should be paving $2 million a year just on paving roads alone,” Little said while addressing council.

Council added another $500,000 to its road repair program in March after adopting a 2019 budget that already included $1 million for that line item. In 2018, council earmarked $1.8 million for road repair.

The budget also includes the hiring of three full-time employees – an assistant manager, an additional IT staff member and a deputy chief of police – to prepare for administrative retirements in the next two to four years.

Little also recommended to council a $15,000 expense to hire an economic development consultant.

“Monroeville needs to have an advocate for them to be able to ascertain what kind of retail is going to be a win-win situation here in Monroeville,” Little said.

Little’s budget proposal will be mulled over by council over the next month or two. Public hearings are scheduled for Nov. 7 and 14 in council chambers. A copy of the proposed budget can be read here. online at bit.ly/314z45B.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Monroeville
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.