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Murrysville budget would hold line on taxes

Murrysville Council last week unveiled a preliminary 2015 budget that calls for officials to hold the line on taxes.

Council is considering a $14.5 million proposal that projects a 2-percent increase in expenses for the general fund, which covers the cost of standard municipal operations, and requires no increase the property-tax rate.

The $8.9 million general fund includes just under a 2-percent budget bump for the police department and a 4.6-percent decrease in spending on fire and emergency services. The current property tax rate in Murrysville is 12.15 mills.

This year, one mill produces about $320,000 for the municipality. With the completion of the Blue Spruce Shoppes development, finance director Diane Heming said, that is expected to rise to $328,000 next year.

Salaries for the 58 full-time and 5 part-time municipal employees are projected to account for $3.9 million.

The proposal also outlines about $3.3 million for 28 capital-improvement projects next year. The lion’s share of that — about $1.5 million — is slated for road paving.

Six other capital-improvement projects cross the $100,000 threshold — emergency-equipment payments, $295,000; replacing the Washington Street culvert and wall, $250,000; Twin Oaks road improvements, $200,000; Branthoover Road reconfiguration, $125,000; the purchase of three new police cars, $105,000; and Sardis Road improvements, $100,000.

Guide-rail upgrades and the installation of a digital announcement sign along Route 22 will be carried over from 2014 into next year’s capital program.

Council is expected to vote on the 2015 budget in December.

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2365 or [email protected].

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