New Castle News

December 20, 2012

No tax increase for Neshannock Township

Nancy Lowry
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Neshannock Township supervisors approved a $7,047,283 budget for 2013 yesterday.

Although the spending plan has no tax increase, sewer bills will go up by $14 per month beginning Jan. 1.

The sewer bill increase will resolve an anticipated $526,000 shortfall in the township’s sewer department.

The property tax remains at 1.90 mills, but the supervisors reallocated some of the disbursements since the budget was introduced.

Following the recommendation of Supervisor Joe Gierlach, 0.45 mills will be allocated as the fire tax and earmarked for the fire department, and 0.42 mills will be allocated for debt service, leaving 1.03 mills for general purposes.

The supervisors also agreed to contract with the lowest responsible electricity provider for 2013.

Gierlach proposed the supervisors contract with Total Energy Resources of Cranberry Township. He said he contacted several providers and Total Energy offerd the lowest rates. However, the supervisors must lock in with the company on a two-year contract by tomorrow to obtain the bargain rates, he said.

The township currently is under contract with Energy Savers Inc. of Pittsburgh. The new rate will take effect when that contract expires in June.

Supervisor Ed Stevens and chairman Ralph Sheen said they favor saving money, but said Gierlach failed to provide them with figures for them to compare with other potential providers.

Gierlach said he expected to get numbers from other potential suppliers by the end of business yesterday.

The supervisors agreed to compare rates and award the contract to the lowest responsible provider at their next meeting.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)