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Unity looks to address sewage rate increases

| Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:36 p.m.

Officials with Unity Township and the township municipal authority hope to meet with their counterparts at the Latrobe Municipal Authority to iron out concerns about rate increases.

The Latrobe authority recently announced rate increases for all of its service territory, including customers in Unity.

LMA indicated the new rates would appear on bills this year, including a $6.50 debt service fee that was to have taken effect July 1. But those rates have been stayed by order of Westmoreland County Judge Anthony G. Marsili after the Unity authority filed a legal challenge and the township joined in the action.

According to township solicitor Gary Falatovich, there is a question whether the billing would be consistent with a previous cost allocation that capped how much Unity will contribute financially toward stormwater improvements meant to prevent sewage from bypassing the Latrobe treatment plant. Falatovich said the parties hope to settle the issues before a formal court hearing in the case, set for Oct. 30.

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