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West Pottsgrove Increases Property Taxes, Sewer Fees

The township's budget for 2013 calls for a 33-percent increase in property taxes and a 21-percent increase in sewer fees.

West Pottsgrove residents will soon see an increase in property taxes and sewer fees, as the township's budget for 2013 seeks to increase revenue in a down economy.

According to a report by the Pottstown Mercury, the amount of the property tax increase is .5 mils, which brings the total property tax millage to 2 mils. The report states that the increase works out to roughly $200 on a home assessed at $100,000.

West Pottsgrove Township Manager Ed Whetstone said the increase was necessary due to the township's efforts to increase revenue. The township previously dipped into their reserve fund to the tune of $1.8 million in 2012, and will also withdrawal $1.9 million for for 2013 budget, the report states.

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Regarding sewer fees, the Mercury's report states that the residential base rate will increase from $38 to $46 - an increase of $8 per quarter - though the rate for useage will remain the same. The commercial building base rate will see an increase of $14 per equivalent dwelling unit, but as with residential, the useage rate will remain the same.

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