Lower Burrell council voted unanimously Monday on a preliminary budget of $ 10.77 million that keeps the line on property taxes for next year.
The city’s proposed budget for 2022 will keep property taxes at 24.75 thousandths.
This means that a property valued at $ 20,000 would be subject to a property tax of $ 495.
There has been no real increase in income, said Chris Fabry, a city councilor who is the city’s chief financial officer. He said the council avoided a tax increase through cuts and cost savings.
The biggest savings for next year were found in the city’s minimum municipal obligation for the police pension fund, Fabry said. Several factors have motivated the police pension fund to save next year, he said.
“The increase in the fund’s funding percentage and the reduction in outgoing funds due to several factors have lowered the contribution for next year, resulting in a reduced contribution from the city,” said Fabry.
Most of the council’s department heads have slashed their budgets to help balance the overall budget, he said.
The Fabry Department, Accounts and Finance, and Councilor Rob Hamilton’s Department, Public Works, have slashed their budgets for 2022, Fabry said.
Fabry credited City Manager Amy Rockwell with “running and balancing it all.”
Council plans to vote on the final budget at its December 6 meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 115 Schreiber Street.