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No tax hike for 2013 in Sewickley Twp.

| Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 9:18 p.m.

Sewickley Township supervisors made no changes to the proposed 2013 budget, which included no tax increase, before approving it at their meeting Dec. 19.

The property tax rate will remain at 10 mills with 2 mills dedicated to emergency services, where one mill earns the township about $42,000.

Supervisor Wanda Layman said she was happy that the budget can remain balanced and the township can maintain the reserve surplus.

“The supervisors' goal is to keep Sewickley Township moving forward and for taxes to remain the same,” she said. “I think we can do new things and still move forward without raising taxes.”

The budget totals $1,568,050 with a reserve surplus of $602,453 carried over from previous years.

In other business, supervisors renewed property and casualty insurance policies for each of the township's four fire departments through December 2013 totaling $38,257 in premiums.

A contract for dog catching duties with Moran's Midnight Kennels outside Sutersville was also renewed through 2014 at a rate of $150 per month.

Supervisors also approved a reorganization meeting for 3 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the municipal building.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at sfederoff@tribweb.com at 724-836-6660.

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