New Castle News

Local News

September 21, 2012

City prefers raising blue bag cost over tax increase

NEW CASTLE — Raising the cost of the city’s blue garbage bags could prevent a 2013 tax increase, city officials are hoping.

They also are considering a monthly fee for recycling and increasing the existing recycling collection to twice a month.

Those are among several recommendations that will be sent to the Act 47 coordinators who are overseeing the city’s financial recovery plan.

Four council members tossed around those and other ideas at a work session Thursday night. Discussions were geared toward finding a way to come up with the $400,000 a tax hike would generate, without raising taxes.

Council members have expressed opposition to an Act 47 recommendation to increase city property taxes by one mill next year.

The additional $1 per blue bag — boosting the cost to $3 — would be paid by all renters as well as property owners, and would generate about $400,000, on top of the $856,000 the city already receives for the system, according to figures provided Thursday night.

A one-mill tax hike would generate about $407,000.

A $2-per-month recycling fee, billed to residents, would generate close to $220,000 a year.

Attending Thursday night’s session were Councilmen Bill Panella, Edward J. Yerage Jr. and Thomas B. Smith. Councilwoman MaryAnne Gavrile led the discussion. Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo and business administrator Stephanie Dean also participated.

“You’re going to raise taxes by one mill or you’re going to add on these little fees to hit everyone,” Yerage said, contemplating the alternatives.

A suggestion was made to raise the blue bag cost by only 50 cents each, but Panella pushed for the dollar increase, arguing the city might be able to buy another truck. He added he does not want to be operating too close to budget and the $1 would give the city a little bit of extra money.

“I agree with the bags instead of raising taxes,” Mastrangelo said. “I also agree with the recycling fee.”

All the matters discussed will be turned over to the Act 47 consultants, Eckert Seamans of Pittsburgh, for their consideration.

“I think this is obviously the first step,” Dean commented. “They’re either going to say yes or no. I don’t think they can say no if there’s a blue bag increase instead of a tax increase.”

“All Act 47 says is that we have to get $400,000 a year,” Panella pointed out. “They said find it, and we found it.”

(Have you signed up for our free text alerts yet? Get daily weather, breaking news, Friday Night football scores and school news sent right to your phone! It’s awesome ... and it’s free! CLICK HERE.)


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Kara_Petro.jpg Westminster names alumni director

    Westminster College has named Kara Petro as its director of alumni relations.


    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • LATCOM_Unspoken.jpg County fair concert to benefit LATCOM

    The Christian band Unspoken will perform a benefit concert for LATCOM at this month’s Lawrence County Fair. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 in the fairgrounds grandstands.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • FallenWarriorRide.jpg Fallen Warrior Ride to preface soldier tribute

    Area motorcyclists will be heading out once again this month to pay tribute to the nation’s soldiers and veterans. The second annual Fallen Warrior Ride is scheduled to leave Cascade Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 for a one-hour, circuitous route to Laurel High School. Once there, riders — led by the Patriot Honor Guard of Western Pennsylvania — will parade into the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, where they’ll join a Salute to the American Soldiers: For God and Country, a crusade by Vision Ministries of Lawrence County.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • LOVEkitchen.jpg Love Kitchen: Little Caesars provides special delivery for Rescue Mission

    The Little Caesars Love Kitchen rolled into the City Rescue Mission for a special delivery Wednesday. A pizza kitchen on wheels, the big rig travels across the United States and Canada to meet the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • fairphoto.jpg County fair looks for a few good bakers

    The countdown to the 2014 Lawrence County Fair has begun. In less than two weeks, the fairgrounds will be brimming with animals, vegetables, fruit, flowers, music, food and fun. This year’s fair runs from Aug. 11 to 16.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • CarolineOrrico.jpg Local teen off to state DYW event

    Lawrence County’s 2015 Distinguished Young Woman is heading back into scholarship competition.


    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • NicholsonOffice.jpg County to buy new office for Nicholson

    Before the end of the year, the Lawrence County commissioners plan to move District Judge Jennifer Nicholson into new offices.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • PortersvilleSS.jpg Portersville Steam Show summer event arrives

    The Portersville Steam Show will stage its summer event Thursday through Sunday at its show grounds.


    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Veteran.jpg Veterans seminar to view technology

    A veterans benefits seminar has been set for Friday. The program will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the commissioners room of the Lawrence County courthouse.


    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Part-time guard position created

    The Lawrence County Salary Board created a part-time temporary court guard position Tuesday.


    July 30, 2014