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Murrysville proposes $13.8M budget for 2018 with no tax hike

Patrick Varine
| Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
The Murrysville municipal building on Sardis Road.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
The Murrysville municipal building on Sardis Road.

Murrysville council will consider adopting a $13.8 million budget for 2018 that does not call for a tax hike.

Finance director Diane Heming presented the budget draft at council's special meeting last week. It includes $9.3 million in spending from the municipality's general budget, along with $3.3 million worth of capital projects and $900,000 from state-supplied liquid fuel funding.

Heming said the budget calls for a decrease in parks spending, “but not because we aren't paying attention to our parks.

“That's because we put some money into the Staymates Cabin and repairs to some of the other buildings (in the parks budget), and so we won't have to do that next year.”

Municipal officials put $15,000 toward 2017 renovations at the historic 18th-century cabin on Roundtop Road, among other projects.

The capital improvement projects list also includes about $30,000 to rebuild the municipality's website, which is nearly a decade old.

“We found that the hosting service we were using was not the most secure place to host a website,” Heming said.

Council unanimously approved a three-year contract with CivicPlus, a company specializing in local-government websites.

Municipal energy usage will also be down in 2018 thanks to public works' installation of LED lighting throughout the municipal building and parking lot.

The municipal tax rate is slated to remain at 12.15 mills. A mill generates about $331,000, Heming said.

Council will vote on the final budget this month.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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