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Dunbar Township owners get lucky

| Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 12:34 a.m.

Dunbar Township property owners will not be seeing an increase in real estate taxes for the upcoming year.

Supervisors passed the final budget meeting Thursday.

The millage rate in the township will remain at 0.578 of a mill.

Supervisor Ron Keller said he was not sure how long it had been since the township raised taxes, but there has been no tax increase since he took office.

Revenues and expenditures are both set at $1,591,884. The township expects to get $654,000 from taxes, $266,000 from intergovernmental revenue and $244,000 from the Act 13 money it received.

Most of the township spending will be in highway, roads and street maintenance with a line item budget of $940,200 and miscellaneous expenditures of $440,000.

During public comment, the topics of conversation dealt with getting a time clock for township workers to punch in and garbage and water concerns.

Supervisors awarded the garbage pickup contract for the township to Veolia on Oct. 2.

Keller said the contract with Veolia states that residents are allowed to remain with their current garbage hauler if they wish to do so.

Residents who want to remain with a different garbage hauler need to send in a copy of a bill from that garbage hauler and a letter stating that they wish to remain with that garbage hauler.

Resident Fran Hill said she was billed by Veolia for a service that never occurred, adding that her current garbage hauler has picked up her garbage.

Supervisor John Tabaj told Hill not to pay the bill.

“Since the middle of last month, we have been talking to Veolia and we have made a lot of progress,” he said. “You don't have to pay that bill if you are not using them as your garbage hauler.”

He added that residents who may be confused can bring in a copy of the bill and he will get in touch with Veolia on their behalf.

Resident Jeff Gallo was just angry that he was made to pay a garbage bill when he recycles everything.

“You stole money out of my pocket,” he said. “I am forced to pay a bill for a truck that drives past my house.”

Residents Kitty Jackson and Carl Butchko who live in the mountain area of Dunbar heading towards Ohiopyle are having water issues and want to see if they can get public water to their homes, which they say is just over five miles from the public water line.

Kenny Martray with Widmer Engineering said it would probably cost between $3 million and $5 million for such a project. The residents were advised to make calls to local and state representatives and senators.

In other business, supervisors set the reorganization meeting for Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. with the regular monthly meeting immediately following the reorganization meeting.

A motion was passed to allow burning in the township every day except Sundays until the next regular meeting in January.

Bids were open on the sale of the township's Ford tractor and a Ford dump truck. The high bidder out of eight bids for the tractor was Erran Wright for $2,597 and Albert DeMott was the lone, winning bidder for the truck at a cost of $1,500.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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