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Retirement community's lawsuit over sewage rates moves to federal court

| Monday, May 20, 2013, 7:33 p.m.

A retirement community run by the Masons claims in a lawsuit moved to federal court Monday that Aleppo's new sewage rates treat it unfairly and violate its constitutional rights.

Masonic Village, which has about 500 residents, claims in the lawsuit that the township's rates charge it more than residential customers, forcing its residents to subsidize the other customers.

The retirement community's rates would increase from $72,000 a year to $423,000 a year, or about $101 per month for each resident. Other residents in the township, by comparison, would pay about $83 per month, the lawsuit says.

Masonic Village originally sued in Allegheny County Common Pleas, but lawyers for the township moved it to federal court because of the constitutional claims, according to court documents.

Lawyers representing the township and the township's solicitor couldn't be reached for comment.

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