No tax increase seen in Monongahela City next year |

No tax increase seen in Monongahela City next year

If city council has its way, residents will not have to dig any deeper in their pockets for tax dollars in 2011.

At Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting, council approved a preliminary 2011 budget that calls for no tax increases and holds the city’s millage at 23.

Councilman Tom Caudill, chairman of accounts and finances, unveiled the spending plan that totals $2,618,873.

The budget is slated to be formally adopted at council’s Dec. 8 meeting.

Caudill said he was proud that council was able to hold the line on taxes at 2 mills under the maximum level of 25 for Third Class cities.

“It’s because of continued fiscal responsibility by our department heads and this council that we are hoping to maintain taxes at 23 mills,” Caudill said.

“During the past six years, we have managed to eliminate deficit spending and reduce the 2006 (Washington County) court approval of 30 mills to the extremely conservative current 23 mills.”

Caudill said council has been able to offer basic services to the residents despite being faced with increasing fixed expenditures.

“In spite of the current economy and unemployment, this council continues to pursue federal and state grants and make profitable investments under the watchful eye of our city clerk and our dedicated city employees,” Caudill said.

Caudill added the council will continue to support the library and volunteer fire department while providing shared police services with New Eagle and Finleyville.

He added that the city is committed to the renovation projects at the aquatorium and “will continue to provide a safe, recreational and cultural setting for our city.”

The breakdown of the budget lists the biggest cost item as being accounts and finances ($1,210,185), followed by public affairs ($810,355), streets and improvements ($421,883), public safety ($107,450) and parks and recreation ($69,000).

The tentative budget will be on display at City Hall for public inspection.

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