Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
Lance: To recalcitrant people. In this case, 129 businesses and residents of Washington Township who refuse to pay sewage tap fees, user fees or both. Many of these live in the area of the recent Pucketa Creek-Route 366 sewer project. They just ignore their payments — which now total $590,000 — and are threatening to sue. Folks, all you’re doing is hurting your neighbors who do pay and costing yourselves money.
On the “Watch List”:
• Westmoreland County’s 2015 budget. It’s as traditional as yesterday’s Thanksgiving turkey: a preliminary $340 million spending plan with a projected $15 million deficit. And again, the county lacks the time to get its fiscal house in order. That means once again dipping into a surplus fund, which we can’t do forever. Trimming the deficit should be a year-round priority, not a year-end scramble.
• The Freeport Area football stadium. The school board is looking into constructing a new stadium on its Buffalo Township campus. But before spending millions on a new facility, the district should work with Freeport Borough to look at financial options to upgrade Swartz Field, the Yellowjackets’ home since 1940.
Lance: To Allegheny County. Come the new year, felons won’t have to disclose their criminal history when applying for many county jobs. Sorry, but taxpayers have every right to know if crooks are in their employ.