Cranberry’s consistent goal of maintaining the highest credit rating while keeping taxes unchanged continues into 2022 – the result of prudent spending and careful planning that helped navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Township’s proposed 2022 budget was rolled out during the November 18 Board of Supervisors meeting. It highlights the practices that have led to a Aaa Moody’s credit rating and the ability to keep taxes low and consistent.
All Township operations and staff expenditures are fully funded by revenue and not through a reduction of other expenditures or raised taxes. That allows the Township to look at expanding and improving other areas, including:
- Developing a stronger partnership with Cranberry Township EMS
- Continuing to support a fully staffed Police Department
- Helping with the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company’s recruitment and retention efforts
- Replacing decades-old Collection Connection carts that have reached the end of their lifecycle
- Improving and upgrading the rear parking area at the Municipal Center
- Updating the Comprehensive Recreation and Greenways Master Plan that will outline improvements and additions in the Township’s Parks System over the next two decades
- Improving park offerings in the short-term, including resurfacing and equipment repair projects.
Elsewhere, the budget considers continued support of MS4 stormwater compliance. That includes improvements to the stormwater system in Fox Run and Sun Valley, as well as a review and upgrade of the sewer collection and water distribution system. These efforts are supported by the Stormwater Fee, introduced in 2020.
The budget also continues the high-quality maintenance and necessary upgrades of the Township’s infrastructure, including over 136 miles of existing roads, as well as further expansion on Freedom Road. Continued maintenance of the Township’s vehicle fleet and facilities is also included.
The Board voted to adopt the tentative proposed budget, which is now available for review. A vote on final adoption is scheduled for December 9.