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Carnegie looks at wide range of fee increases

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

As budget discussions in Carnegie continue, borough council turned its attention to revenue during Monday night's meeting.

Discussions included proposals for several increased fees throughout the borough, but the final budget will not be voted on until later this year.

Included in proposed fee increases are demolition fees, curb cutting fees, council chamber rentals and security deposits, solicitation fees, and Dumpster fees.

Under the proposals, demolition fees would increase from $50 to $75, curb-cutting fees would increase from $25 to $50, and dumpster fees would go up from $100 to $125.

The proposed increase for the rental of council chambers for public or private events would increase the rental fee to $200 for borough residents and $250 for non-residents. The security deposit would increase to $200.

Council also looked at an increase to its solicitation fee — that is, the fee assessed for solicitation by for-profit organizations.

The fee is $2 per person per day.

The proposed increase looked at raising that to $250 per person per month.

Council also discussed ways to better enforce fees against vacant properties. Fines for properties that are vacant for a year or more and not for sale are $250 for residential properties and $400 for commercial properties.

So far in 2013, the borough has collected $1,400 in vacant property fines.

Council will hold final budget discussions at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.

They are expected to vote on the final budget numbers in December.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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