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Springdale Township raises millage by 10%

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About the tax hike

The median assessed value on a house in Springdale Township is $74,600, according to officials.

Here's what the 2014 tax bill would look like for such a property:

Current tax rate: 5 mills

Proposed tax rate: 5.5 mills

Current tax bill: $373

Proposed tax bill: $410

Increase: $37

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By George Guido
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
 

Springdale Township property owners will pay about 10 percent more in real estate tax to the township next year.

The township commissioners on Thursday night approved a final budget of nearly $719,000 that will be partially funded with a 0.5-mill tax hike, to 5.5 mills.

That means about $37 more next year for the average property owner.

For 2013, the millage rate was lowered from 5.5 mills to 5 mills because of Allegheny County reassessments that raised property assessments.

Municipalities then had to lower millage in order not violate anti-windfall regulations.

In other business

• The township will be buying a new police car.

Commissioners approved a $24,500 expenditure for a new Ford Taurus Interceptor through the Allegheny Valley North Council of Governments.

The new vehicle will replace the police department's Ford Crown Victoria, a model no longer being made even though it was a long-time favorite of many law enforcement officials.

The township will have to pay for a new light bar and lettering. Some items such as a laptop computer and video system can be taken from the old car for the new one.

• After more than 35 years of planning, the public portion of the Melzina/Adeline streets sanitary sewer extension project has been completed.

Now, the 18 homeowners have to pay about $10,600 for a tap-in plus a small pump station that grinds materials before entering the sewerage system.

Various design changes reduced the overall price tag from about $375,000 to about $240,000.

The need for the extended lines was first determined in the 1970s by Allegheny County officials.

• Officials said there was no word yet on the township's infrastructure wish list for next year's federal Community Development Block Grant.

Items on the project list include the Carson Street waterline replacement, the Carson Street pump station rehabilitation and a sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation project.

• The township's reorganization meeting will be Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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