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Springdale Township taxes to hold roughly steady

| Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Springdale Township is set to move ahead with its budget for this year, with property owners paying about the same in taxes.

Commissioners on Thursday night approved a $754,500 budget and lowered the real estate tax rate from 5.5 mills to 5 mills.

While the millage went down, officials said property owners will pay about the same in real estate taxes as last year.

The new Allegheny County reassessment increased property values, forcing municipal officials to adjust their millage rates accordingly.

Municipalities aren't able to increase tax revenue more than 5 percent with the new property valuations.

Ordinarily, municipalities around the state have to approve a budget by Dec. 31 of the preceding year.

But with Allegheny County's tax value numbers increasing, a number of municipalities didn't pass budgets until the new county property valuations were determined.

Trash day changing to Wednesdays

Wednesday will soon become trash collection day across the township.

Waste Management, Inc. will soon notify households and businesses when the standard collection day will take effect.

In other business

• Officials hope to complete the Melzina/Adeline streets sanitary sewer extension project sometime this year.

Bidding for the project to serve about 20 homes should begin this spring with construction to follow.

The project design has been approved by the state and will be paid for by an Allegheny County Infrastructure and Tourism grant.

A federal Community Development Block Grant of about $20,500 will cover the Pillow Avenue sidewalk extension project.

Ramps at street corners that comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act will be included in the project.

• Officials praised the work of the township's new, lone public works employee.

“Rudy Shondeck has done a great job,” Commissioners Chairman George Manning said. “This is probably the hardest time of year for a new employee to come in and do that type of work.”

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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