Hempfield supervisors to take another look at capital projects budget

Megan Tomasic, The Tribune-Review, Greensburg
·2 min read

Apr. 8—Hempfield supervisors will hold a special meeting next week to discuss capital projects.

According to township Manager Jason Winters, the meeting will be an initial discussion about possible funding sources for the projects.

"We are looking at this year's capital just to see, now that we're a couple months into the year, how revenues have come in and then how we want to start spending," Winters said.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the township municipal building, 1132 Woodward Drive.

Supervisors first passed a preliminary $2.2 million capital projects budget in December, which covered items such as truck purchases, park repairs and a new software code and permitting platform. The budget was passed, Winters said at the time, with officials knowing they would come back to discuss funding sources for each item.

Funding sources discussed in December included dipping into the reserve fund, using Act 13 money or taking out a low-interest loan.

Of the $2.2 million budget, about $1.2 million was expected to come from those sources, while about $965,000 would come from grants and revenue from Live! Casino Pittsburgh, which opened at Westmoreland Mall in November. The casino is expected to generate $1.7 million in tax dollars each year for the township.

Passage of the capital budget came almost a month after supervisors approved a $13.4 million preliminary budget that did not raise taxes for the 31st consecutive year. Since the covid-19 pandemic, however, the township has seen shortfalls in the form of fewer payments from building permits, recreation fees and earned income, real estate and per capita taxes.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, mtomasic@triblive.com or via Twitter .