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Baldwin Twp. commissioners hold line on property taxes, trash fees

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The real-estate taxes and garbage collection fees will remain the same for Baldwin Township residents in 2014.

Commissioners approved the township's $2.8 million spending plan on Dec. 30, which includes a $1.7 million general fund and $1 million sewer fund and holds the line on the property-tax rate for the next year with a millage of 7.8.

The status-quo budget also holds the line on garbage-collection fees for residents in 2014, with a base rate of $119, township manager Rob Zahorchak said. Residents who pay before March 31 will receive a $5 discount. There is a 0.5-percent penalty per month for those paying after Sept. 1.

Commissioners approved a five-year contract with Republic Services, bid through the South Hills Area Council of Governments joint-purchasing alliance, that began on Jan. 1. The township had a five-year contract with Waste Management for collection services that ended Dec. 31.

Officials opted again not to have curbside recycling in the township's new refuse-collection contract, Zahorchak said.

Bills for garbage collection now will come from Jordan Tax Service, instead of Berkheimer Tax Administrator, Zahorchak said.

The township's sewage rate for 2014 also will remain the same. Yet, residents will have a nearly 17-percent increase in Alcosan rates, Zahorchak said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribwe b.com.

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