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Park money used to fill Monroeville budget gap

| Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

Monroeville council on Monday night approved a $27.9 million budget for 2011 that holds the line on real estate taxes and keeps the local dispatch center open.

The budget had a $545,000 shortfall, but officials closed the gap by using money in the Community Park Complex Fund that pays for parks and recreation. The real estate tax rate will remain at 2.2 mills.

Officials said the dispatch center eventually will have to be moved to the county 911 center, but they could use the time to prepare for a move.

"I think council made the right decision," police Chief Doug Cole said. "We've always believed that the service we provide to the residents is worth keeping. It's good to be able to keep it for another year."

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