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No take hike in Monroeville 2019 budget

| Friday, December 14, 2018 10:36 a.m
Monroeville’s municipal building.

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, or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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