WARREN, Pa. – Warren City Council approved its 2024 municipal budget on Monday with no tax increase.
“This is great news that we are not raising taxes,” said Mayor David Wortman.
The budget, which comes in at just under $10 million, includes $2.85 million for the fire department, and $2.81 million for public works.
Other department totals include $1.93 million for police, $1.87 million for finance and administration, and just over $347,000 for building codes.
“The department heads, led by Mrs. (Jessica) Byler did a terrific job putting together the budget,” Wortman said. “Generally speaking, we’re sitting on a substantial and necessary fund balance that enables city operations to continue throughout the year. I want to commend the staff for their hard work. It’s a great position to be in.”
The city is also looking to invest $100,000 in the Warren Worx initiative, a new organization spearheaded by the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry that aims to bring key players together in Warren County to work together on funding for projects.
Wortman said that the $100,000, which would come out of the general fund, would be paid in installments of $25,000 over the year.
Council members in general support the funding but want to have a few questions answered before approving the funding.
“It’s important to get some of the details of how the money is going to be allocated,” said Councilwoman Danielle Flasher. “I support the initiative, but there are still several questions of substance that I think need to be answered, such as a communications pathway and how the structure will work among stakeholders.”
The funding for Warren Worx is expected to be voted on during January’s council meeting.