Budget projection won’t raise taxes in Murrysville |

Budget projection won’t raise taxes in Murrysville

Murrysville Council got its first look on Wednesday at a preliminary budget for 2011 that totals $7.9 million without a proposed tax increase.

“The 2011 budget reflects an increase of revenues and expenditures of 2.6 percent,” said chief municipal administrator James Morrison. “Major revenue generators such as earned income tax are projected to increase 1.8 percent over 2010” while the value of a mill was expected to increase $1,000 to $310,000.

A workshop and public discussion of the budget is slated to take place Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., following a regular council meeting.

At last night’s council meeting, Mayor Bob Brooks suggested that the municipality’s five department chiefs be on hand for the budget review. Council also recommended to Morrison that the budget be placed on the municipality’s website.

At a little over $3 million, the police department was projected to take the largest piece of the budget. The 6 percent increase over 2010 would include equipment repairs, minor equipment purchases, gasoline costs and computer support, according to the budget document.

The current year budget totals $7.4 million. A new budget must pass council by Dec. 31.

In other business, council approved restoration of an old springhouse on the Skena Reserve by the Friends of Murrysville Park.

The Friends’ Chris McCormick said his group has no intention of soliciting funding from council.

Councilman Dennis Pavlik said council would likely support the project, but said he wanted the municipality “protected” from lawsuits in case of injuries while the restoration was taking place. The rest of council concurred.

McCormick indicated the “liability issues facing council already exist. The springhouse does not appear to add any exposure beyond what already exists in the community parks, playgrounds, ponds, streams or ball field.”

McCormick said an Amish group has been contacted to do a majority of the renovation work. He indicated no specific agreement was in place, but said work is not expected to get under way until spring.

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