The Morgantown City Council proposed a budget plan for the 2015 fiscal year, at a regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18.
City Manager Jeff Mikorski laid out a proposal for a nearly $25 million budget, an increase of just over one percent from the current year's budget.
Included in the proposal is a one and a half percent cost of living increase to city employee pay. Employees would also have to pay an increase of four percent for their city health insurance premiums.
According to Mikorski, under the proposal, there would also be a slight increase in taxes. Property taxes, and business and occupation taxes, were listed as being possibly increased. The city said the new revenue would be invested in businesses and construction projects.
Other highlights include $325,000 for street paving, $100,000 for a new rescue truck for the Morgantown Fire Department and $80,000 for new police cruisers.
Also during the meeting, several grants for various city projects were approved. Funds for the Metropolitan Theatre, Empty Bowls Monongalia and the Wounded Warriors, Operation Welcome Home were all approved.