East Deer to buy $61,000 dump truck
East Deer will finally be replacing its 1990 Public Works dump truck.
Commissioners on Thursday night voted to accept a $61,100 bid from Allegheny Ford for a Ford F-350 dump truck. It will be bought through the South Hills Council of Governments via the state's Co-Stars cooperative buying program.
The township will pay about $13,300 per year for the truck for five years.
Half of the annual payment will come from the township's water fund, since the truck will be used for that department at times.
The other half will come from the state's liquid fuels reimbursement fund.
Officials added they wanted to stay away from using money from the general fund.
“It's long overdue,” Commissioners Chairman Tony Taliani said of the new truck. “It's to the point where we really need this. We'll be able to do a much better job.”
The truck will be equipped with a stainless steel bed and can be used for hauling up to seven tons of materials. It will also have a snow plow mount on the front and will accommodate a salt spreader on the back during winter.
The add-on work will be done by Walsh Equipment.
The new truck will be ready for service in a few months.
No tax increase
Officials plan to keep the real estate tax rate at 4.5 mills for next year.
The tentative township budget for 2014 calls for a $905,000 spending program and revenues of $929,000.
The extra money would be used as either a carryover, or needed in the event that the township still might have to issue refunds for homes or businesses who appealed their new property assessments.
The township has already refunded $39,000 to entities that had their new assessment figures reduced, according to officials.
Commissioners on Thursday night also agreed to borrow $85,000 from PNC Bank to hold over the township until taxes are collected early next year. The interest rate will be 1.94 percent.
The final budget is scheduled for approval Dec. 31.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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