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No real estate tax increase for Spring Township residents

Some fees will rise to pay for higher costs

SPRING TWP., Pa. - At their regular meeting Monday night, Spring Township supervisors voted unanimously to approve a $28,114,245 budget for 2018, with no increase in the current 2.60 mills real estate tax rate.

The 2018 budget is two percent higher than 2017 and does not include any cuts to services, according to township Manager Jay W. Vaughan. The two percent difference is being covered by an increase in several fees.

The annual household recycling fee is increasing by $30, to $70. After the meeting, Vaughan said the fee had not risen for six to eight years, and it is the only fee paid by every household that is increasing.

Trash collection fees are increasing from $75 per year to $85 for a one-person household, from $145 per year to $165 for a two-person household, and from $210 per year to $240 for a household with more than two residents. Vaughan said those fees have not gone up in more than a decade.

As part of the township’s on-going three-year professional sewer rate study recommendation, fees for wastewater treatment services are increasing from a monthly minimum of $26.38 to a monthly minimum of $29.40 for the first 2,500 gallons of monthly usage. Excess usage costs increased to $.8159 per 100 gallons above 2,500.

For people who reside within a street light service area, the street light tax will increase from $.60 to $.67 per frontage foot on improved properties and from $.30 to $.335 per frontage foot on unimproved properties.

In other business, the board approved a request from the tax collector for a tax certification fee increase, from $20 to $35. Vaughan said that fee had remained the same for several years.

The board also decided to take no action on the casino opt-out, which makes the township available for a mini-casino, or Category-4 casino, where the township has casinos zoned. The board needed to decide by the end of the month whether the township would opt-in, opt-out or do nothing, which in essence is opting in.

This is the result of a measure recently passed by the state to help fund Pennsylvania's budget. It allows for 10 mini-casinos with 300 to 750 slot machines and up to 50 table games in the commonwealth. The mini-casinos need to be located outside a 25-mile radius from existing casinos.


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