Ross sewer bills to rise, not taxes

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Ross residents won't see a tax increase next year but will see higher sewer bills.

Commissioners Monday introduced ordinances setting the budget, tax rate and sewer user fees. The ordinances will face a vote on Monday.

The $17.1 million general fund budget holds the tax line at 2.7 mills, said manager Doug Sample. However, the sewer user fee will be increased by 75 cents, to $3.75 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Residents should see an approximately $25 increase in their bills next year because the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority also is raising its rates, Mr. Sample said.

Commissioners also introduced an ordinance that eliminates the township-paid health insurance for commissioners and their families. That ordinance also faces a vote Monday. It affects only commissioners whose terms begin after Jan. 1.

In other business, resident Shirley Adams asked commissioners to re-time the traffic signal at Route 19 and Washington Road.

Ms. Adams also asked commissioners to consider widening Sewickley-Oakmont Road to eliminate congestion in that area.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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