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Upper Burrell OKs EMS tax

| Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005

UPPER BURRELL -- More than 2,000 people who work in the township will pay an additional $42 for the privilege this year.

Supervisors at Monday night's meeting voted 2-0 to implement the new Emergency and Municipal Services tax at the maximum $52-a-year level. The tax replaces the former Occupation Privilege tax, which was capped at $10.

The new tax will generate an additional $100,000 a year for the township. The additional money can only be used to pay for road work, emergency medical services, police and fire, supervisors said.

The tax will affect more than 2,000 people who work in the township including at Penn State New Kensington, Alcoa Technical Center and businesses in the Westmoreland County Industrial Park.

People earning $1,000 or less a year are exempt from the tax.

Voting for the tax were supervisors' Chairman Ross Walker III and Vice Chairman Michael P. Conley. Supervisor Peter Dombroski was ill and absent from the meeting.

The tax was approved late last year by the state Legislature as part of a financial bailout plan for Pittsburgh.

In other news:

The township has received a $470,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair damage from the Sept. 17 Hurricane Ivan flooding.

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