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Valley News Dispatch

Allegheny Township taxes to remain flat, sewage rates to go up

| Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, 10:12 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review

Allegheny Township’s real estate taxes will remain the same next year but sewage rates will go up an average of about $3.30 a month.

Supervisors on Monday are expected to give final approval to a 2019 budget that includes nearly $4 million in the general fund, almost $232,0000 in the fire fund and nearly $233,000 for the debt service fund to cover upcoming projects.

The real estate tax will remain at 16.50 mills. Broken down by category, 13.35 mills goes in the general fund, 1.15 mills for the fire tax and 2 mills for the debt service fund.

Not included in the general fund is an expected $410,000 state liquid fuels reimbursement to the township.

The biggest expenditure in next year’s budget will be $1.1 million for police and other related costs to patrol the 35-square mile municipality. The public works department has a $1 million budget.

Supervisors on Monday are also expected to approve the Municipal Authority of Allegheny Township’s budget of $1.7 million.

The authority’s 2,675 customers will see an increase of about $3.30 monthly.

Those who receive municipal water will see a rise from $47.79 monthly to $52.09 (7 percent). Those with well water will see a jump from $44.30 to $47.93 (7.4 percent).

The sewage authority has three outstanding loans. The Bagdad project has nearly $200,000 remaining, the Markle project $174,000 and the Community Park Road project is down to $44,000 and is expected to be paid off in 2019.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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