New tax rate under consideration in Shaler

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Shaler commissioners will vote next month on a new tax rate, based on the property values as they stand now.

"This is an unusual time for us to be doing this," township manager Tim Rogers said at the commissioners meeting this evening. "We're trying to refine the numbers as best we can. The only risk is on us because property assessment appeals will continue through 2014."

The board unanimously approved the move. The tax rate will be voted on at the May 14 commissioners meeting.

A new sign ordinance also will be on May's agenda. The township has spent about a year reviewing all of its codes and ordinances and the sign law will be the first to be addressed.

"That's because it causes us the most grief in terms of variance requests," Mr. Rogers said.

The new law won't make everyone happy, because it's more liberal than the old ordinance, he told those gathered at the meeting. It allows for mixed uses, depending on the neighborhood or commercial district where the sign is to be posted.

"We're trying to do the best we can," he said, adding that the township engineer, code enforcement officers and commissioners continue to suggest changes.


Rita Michel, freelance writer:


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