March 27, 1988 |
About 20 residents attended the William Penn School District's first public meeting on the 1988-89 budget, and they were not happy to hear that the district would be raising taxes again. The district's administration said that it was working on its eighth draft of the budget, which calls for a 36.46 mill increase. Although officials cautioned residents that they were still working to reduce the increase, those at the meeting Wednesday evening still were not pleased. If the proposed increase is approved, residents in the district's six boroughs - Aldan, Colwyn, Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne and Yeadon - will be paying 370.90 mills, or $370.
May 12, 1991 |
The Bristol Township School District says the township owes it more than $100,000 in taxes from 1990, money that the township presumed was already paid. The township's managing director, Carmen Raddi, said Thursday he "was not aware of any claim (by the school district) until very recently. " He said he would not comment further until speaking to the council at its meeting Tuesday. School district officials said last week they never received their half share of the $211,000 in per-capita taxes collected by the township for 1990.
May 25, 1989 |
The Haverford school board adopted a preliminary budget last Thursday that calls for a 9.5 percent tax increase, but only after one board member changed his negative vote at the last minute. The board voted 5-2 for the budget, which calls for an increase of 28.32 mills. The homeowner whose home is assessed at the average of $5,000 will pay an additional $141.60 more in taxes next year. Board members Richard Gianguilio and Shelby Kaiser voted against the budget, along with Nicholas Rongione.
June 23, 1998 |
The intersection of Tioga and C streets in Harrowgate is nobody's idea of a premier business address. A half-block stands vacant. Along C Street, the sidewalk is piled with trash. Graffiti covers the brick facade of an abandoned factory. But in front of Roger Nielsen's business, less than a block away, you'd swear you were in a different neighborhood. No graffiti. No trash. No broken glass. In fact, the exterior of Nielsen's 100,000-square-foot building is as shiny as a new pair of shoes.
April 12, 1989 |
Ellen Woodland doesn't know whether she is aggravated more by her tax bill or by the treatment she received from Lindenwold Borough officials when she tried to dispute it. When borough condominium residents approached the council last summer about relief from local municipal services taxes, Woodland went to the Lindenwold Borough Council with members of The Condominium Associations of Lindenwold. But when the issue finally came before the council last Wednesday, nearly 70 Lindenwold residents, mostly homeowners, showed up to oppose the proposal.
March 3, 1989 |
City Council liberals - embattled and outnumbered for the first time in a decade - angrily complain that the City of Brotherly Love has turned tight- fisted. "We're looking at a meanness on the part of the electorate that says: not another cent," Councilwoman Augusta Clark said. "The fight this year is going to be over who can protect theirs. " As the city budget debate intensifies, Clark and other liberals are trying to withstand a no-tax-increase juggernaut surging through Council that threatens to batter the city's poor.
November 6, 1988 |
Here's one scene that has been repeated time and again at local meetings throughout Chester County: A developer presents plans for construction and promises that the project will be good for tax ratables. Local officials, starved for new revenues to support the weight of their sometimes bloated budgets, gobble up the promise. But as this year's budget planning season reaches its peak, local officials throughout the county are questioning the wisdom of rapid development as a means to generate revenue and keep taxes for residents to a minimum.
February 21, 1991 |
The Clifton Heights Borough Council has tabled an ordinance that would tax vacant properties after a Walnut Avenue resident blistered the proposal, saying it sounded as if the borough was "half-boarded up. " The resident, Mary Quinn, said newspaper articles about the ordinance had given the borough a bad image that is damaging property values. "I resent the implication (by council's action) that Clifton Heights is as bad as Philadelphia," she told the eight-member council at its business meeting Monday night.
December 13, 1996 |
In a surprise move, the Borough Council tabled two proposed ordinances that would have offered tax breaks to homeowners and businesses that make improvements to their properties. The ordinances would have exempted property owners from higher assessments for five years after an improvement was made. James Wittmeyer, of 10th Street, urged council to defeat the proposal, calling it discriminatory. He said taxpayers who don't upgrade their properties will effectively pay higher taxes as a result of the exemptions.
October 25, 1987 |
In January, the Republican Party swept the West Deptford Township Committee, gaining control after last year's election with a 4-1 majority. Committee members elected Frederick R. Marz, the first Republican mayor in 20 years. Marz is up for re-election to council this year, and he is the first to concede that this year has not been easy, even with the large Republican majority on the committee. First, there was the tax increase, then came the battle over the Verga Fire Company, a dispute that for months refused to be resolved and still is unsettled.