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Freeport real estate taxes to remain at current rate

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 11:20 p.m.

Freeport Borough property owners will see their real estate taxes remain at 13 mills.

But sewage rates, however, will rise by just under 50 percent.

The current sewage rate of $17.70 per the first 1,000 gallons used will jump to $26.55 per month. The $13 surcharge will remain the same, making everyone's minimum $39.55 per month.

Each succeeding 1,000 gallons of usage will cost $8.56.

Officials said they'd like to build up the sewage fund reserve for expected repairs to the borough's aging treatment plant, which needs various updates, including larger pipes to accept waste.

The borough is still looking at whether to build a new treatment plant or hook up with the Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority system.

Council asked Solicitor Gerald DeAngelis to seek a copy of the contracts of member municipalities in the sewage authority's system.

As for the overall borough budget, it's $647,000, down $17,000 from this year's spending program.

The borough expects a $31,000 carryover from this year.

Police costs are budgeted to be $239,000 next year while almost $78,000 will be spent on the public works department.

The state's liquid fuels tax reimbursement for Freeport, not included in the budget, is expected to be $60,000.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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