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Some Brentwood Borough fees to raise in 2018

| Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Brentwood Borough Council passed a fee schedule at its regular meeting Nov. 27 that will cause residents to see costs for basic services, such as trash collection and recycling, slightly rise next year.

Under the resolution approved by council, monthly trash fees will increase $1 to $19 a month. Residents will still have the opportunity to pay that amount in full at a discounted rate by Feb. 1, which will be equal to 10 months of service.

Council members not present at the Nov. 27 meeting included Stephanie Fox, Rich Schubert and Harold Smith.

Sewage fees, meanwhile, will be increased by 7.5 percent, because of the 7.5 percent increase in treatment costs levied by the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, leaders said. The borough matched the ALCOSAN hike to ensure there is no reduction in revenue for maintenance of municipal sewer infrastructure.

And finally, the mandatory surcharge on building permits will increase by 50 cents to $4.50. The minimum permit fee will rise from $39 to $40.

In other matters, John Frombach, council president, confirmed the borough completed the purchase of the Snee Dairy property on Brownsville Road, where it hopes to eventually construct a new building for Brentwood EMS, as well as the borough police department.

“We own the Snee Dairy, albeit not a functioning one,” Frombach said.

Also, the borough will vote on its 2018 budget on its Dec. 11 meeting. The $16.7 million spending plan, which includes a $9.2 million general fund, will not result in a tax increase next year for borough residents, council has said.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at selliott@tribweb.com or 412-871-2346.

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