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Letter to the Editor
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Regarding the article published Aug. 28 about the Upper Tyrone Township meeting on the sewage project:

Twelve years ago, my husband and I were in the process of selling our house in Bullskin Township when the sewage-line project ran down our street, Moyer Road. Your article suggests no one wants to talk about the cost for a very good reason. We were required 12 years ago to pay a $2,000 tap-in fee. The new owners had to pay to have the property dug up eight to 10 feet down from the back of the house and around to the front of the house, where the new sewage line ran. I am all but certain it cost them, 12 years ago, the same $2,000 to do that.

So, residents of Upper Tyrone Township, get ready to pay at the minimum $4,000 plus inflation over the past 12 years plus a monthly sewage bill for the rest of your home-owning lives. My husband and I are now residents of Kingview Road, are not entitled to financial aid and cannot afford a quick $4,000 to $5,000 bill. How about you?

Donna Franz

Upper Tyrone

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