Collier holds line on tax increase
Collier officials unanimously passed the township's 2014 budget on Dec. 12 with no tax increases.
Commissioners voted to hold the property tax rate at 2.73 mills. The township cut the millage at the end of 2012 from the previous 3.5 mills.
Revenue is expected to surpass expenditures next year. The township estimates revenue will be $7.05 million, and expenditures are set at $6.552 million.
Commissioners also adopted an ordinance increasing township fines for sewage disposal violations. The fine increase, from $100 to $1,000, pertains to roof drains or driveway drains that are illegally connected to the sanitary sewers.
Township Manager Sal Sirabella said homeowners are required to disconnect storm water drains from sanitary sewer lines. He said the township municipal authority has found that some homeowners, including those who live in the flood-troubled Cubbage Hill area, have not done that.
In an effort to combat this, he said, the municipal authority requested the township increase fines for such violations.
In other business, the board approved a resolution that allows for the transfer of a liquor license to the Giant Eagle at the Charters Valley Shopping Center.
The license is being purchased from a Pittsburgh business and, if approved by the state Liquor Control Board, would allow Giant Eagle to sell alcohol, specifically beer.
State law requires that the alcohol sales area within Giant Eagle be cordoned off from the rest of the store. Alcohol only can be sold in that section, which will have a seating area.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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