Sutersville Sewickley authority could be out $10,000
The Sutersville Sewickley Municipal Sewage Authority could lose more than $10,000 in revenue from liens it placed on three properties in Sutersville, if the tax-delinquent parcels are sold in a Westmoreland County tax sale that releases the buyer from paying those liens.
The Westmoreland County Tax Claim Bureau notified the authority that it would seek to sell three properties, free and clear of the liens totaling $10,908, said Lois Brandstetter, authority secretary.
“Those (liens) claims have been on there forever,” Brandstetter said.
Richard Schimizzi, authority solicitor, said the board does not know if the properties have been sold in a tax sale held last week.
In other business, the authority was hit with a $1,550 electric bill for service for one month on its office on Curry Road, which prompted the authority to cancel its electric supply agreement last month.
The board said it has notified West Penn Power Co. in Greensburg it wants to cancel its agreement with Blue Pilot Energy LLC of Las Vegas, an electric service provider. West Penn Power told the authority it would become the authority's electric provider beginning with the first meter reading following March 20.
George Hebert, authority treasurer, said the electric bill for the office typically is less than $100.
The authority office is only open about 25 hours a week, Brandstetter said.
Blue Pilot Energy offers its customers a variable rate plan, meaning its rates can vary month-to-month.
Tanya McCloskey, Pennsylvania's acting consumer advocate for the Office of Consumer Advocate, testified before the Senate consumer protection committee last week that her office has received more than 2,600 telephone calls and responded to more than 200 letters and emails about the variable rate plans.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-836-5252.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.