Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Passes $35M Budget for 2019, Continues to Hold Line on Millage Rate 'Good Fund Balance' One Reason Municipality Did Not Raise Municipal Taxes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Passes $35M Budget for 2019, Continues to Hold Line on Millage Rate 'Good Fund Balance' One Reason Municipality Did Not Raise Municipal Taxes

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Monroeville council on Tuesday night unanimously passed a $35 million budget for 2019 with no tax increase.

Officials said the municipal tax rate would remain at 4.0 mills, the same tax rate as during 2018.

Municipal Manager Tim Little said Monroeville's municipal tax hasn't increased since 2014.

He said several factors contributed to Monroeville not needing to raise taxes.

"We have a good fund balance," Mr. Little said.

Delays in hiring employees helped build up the fund balance, he said.

For instance, the budget for 2017 included salaries for four police officers, but they weren't hired until Dec. 17, 2017, Mr. Little said.

He said Monroeville's unassigned fund balance at the end of 2018 is $12.8 million.

Another reason council didn't have to raise taxes is that the tax collector is doing a good job at collecting delinquent business taxes and other delinquent taxes, Mr. …

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