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Ross switching sewer billing from quarterly to monthly starting in April

Monday, February 10, 2020 | 12:01 AM

Starting in April, Ross Township residents will begin receiving bills for sewage service on a monthly basis instead of quarterly, township officials announced Wednesday.

Jordan Tax Services Inc., which bills and collects sewer fees for Ross, will send out an invoice this month that covers all prior meter readings through the end of 2019.

The invoice sent to property owners in March will include the sewage fees for January and February.

Customers will be billed in April for the previous month’s sewer service.

In a social media post, Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer said the township has been working for several years to get the billing changed.

“I hope that it will help residents with the budgeting,” he said, adding that sewage bills “have been getting very high due to enormous funds being spent by the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority on rebuilding the system.”

Shaffer said while the billing change is welcome, rates are expected to increase significantly.

“Unfortunately, we also need to expect they will likely be raising rates by 10% or more per year for the next few years,” he wrote.

Alcosan is under a federal consent decree to take steps to improve how it manages untreated wastewater that overflows into area waterways when the system’s treatment plant becomes overloaded.

In September the county agency announced a plan to spend $2 billion by 2036 to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mandates.