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Delmont budget proposal focuses on roads, drainage

Thanks to a combination of general-fund money left over from 2014 and some line-item tweaking made to next year’s proposed budget, Delmont Borough’s finances are in good shape heading into 2015, officials say.

After holding the second of two budget workshops to adjust line-item funding, members of Delmont Council said they’re eyeing a 2015 budget proposal of about $1.1 million that will hold the line on taxes. Without including the cost of several borough employee salaries — those will be determined later this month — borough revenues plus the 2014 budget surplus are estimated at $1.25 million.

Council President Jim Bortz said council doesn’t anticipate a tax-rate increase. The proposal — which anticipates $430,000 in property taxes being collected in 2014 — is based on the current millage of 18.

In the proposed budget, which council will vote on next month, the largest single expenditure is $295,000 for road and storm-drain repairs.

That would be a 555-percent increase over the $45,000 the borough spend on roads and storm drains in 2014. Shissler said maintenance personnel asked for the increase in anticipation of paving and drainage projects planned for 2015. Borough engineer Gary Baird said that while the final amount for a paving program has been decided, the final list of streets has not.

“We’ll be looking at road and drainage issues for any street we end up working on, with the intent of fixing problems before we pave,” Baird said.

Bortz said borough officials and Baird worked up a list of street projects they ideally would like to tackle each year over a 10-year period.

“We have one street left over from 2014, and then we’ll start working our way through the 2015 list,” Bortz said.

The maintenance department also requested bumping a line item in the capital improvement budget — to buy vehciles — from $6,000 to $10,000 this year and to project for that line item to rise to $15,000 in 2016.

The money to cover the maintenance projects will come from the $460,000 that currently is in the borough’s general fund. After end-of-year expenses comes out of that money, the surplus will be rolled over to cover 2015 projects.

“We still need money to pay for the borough’s ‘everyday’ expenses for the remainder of the year,” said Andrew Shissler, council vice president. “Presently, any extra money in the general fund has not been earmarked for anything.”

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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