November 1, 1992 |
With state and national elections two days off, 1993 teacher contract talks and school board elections have the attention of local watch-the-bottom-line groups in Chester County. In the West Chester district, taxpayer advocates are in the midst of an organization drive, at 40 members and counting, according to one of the organizers. There are grumblings - but no organization yet - in Octorara. And discontent over big spending has brought out citizen watchdogs in such districts as Coatesville and Downingtown.
November 7, 1993 |
For many taxpayer groups around the county, this past election was a test of sorts: Would the citizens who cried out at budget hearings become the voters who remembered their candidates in November? In Phoenixville, the answer was a resounding "yes. " In Unionville-Chadds Ford, the answer was "it all depends. " On Tuesday, a host of candidates promising to slash spending earned berths on area school boards. And just in case some candidates thought the race was over when they won primaries last spring, a number of write-in candidates spiced things up. Write-ins lacked party backing, a name on the ballot and, in many cases, name recognition.
June 10, 1993 |
Convinced that the problems of rising school taxes and increasing teacher salary demands are not limited to the Penn Delco School District, John Volpe is going countywide. Volpe, chairman of Concerned Angry Taxpayers (CAT) of Penn Delco, met with 30 taxpayers from nine other public school districts last Thursday. Their goal is to form a united taxpayer alliance. "While we might not be able to fix things in each school district today, if we do nothing, where will we be in three years or five years?"
March 26, 1991 |
When Charles M. Micken resigned as superintendent of the Downingtown Area School District in 1983, the district named its administration building after him. That was then. Today, Micken, 72, attends Downingtown school board meetings as part of a taxpayers' group opposed to the way the district is spending money and raising taxes. "I would like to see an end to this great proliferation of administrators, and all this hiring of consultants," said Micken, a member of a group called Citizens Against Unnecessary School Expenditures (CAUSE)
August 11, 1988 |
Edwin C. Silverstein of Willingboro, formerly of Mount Laurel, an inventor and industrial engineer who co-founded the Non-Resident Taxpayers Association, died Sunday at Zurbrugg Memorial Hospitals, Rancocas Valley Division. Family members declined to release his age. In 1973, Mr. Silverstein became the first vice president of the taxpayers' association, an organization that works to eliminate the wage tax Philadelphia imposes on its nonresident workers. Soon thereafter, to call attention to the group's struggle, he ran for mayor of Philadelphia, a post for which his nonresident status made him ineligible.
May 2, 1993 |
The Owen J. Roberts Taxpayers Association has endorsed five candidates for the district's school board. The group's chairman, J. Kenneth Brown, characterized the slate as "diverse," including both liberals and conservatives. Brown said Wednesday that the candidates also represented opposing viewpoints on the issues of whether to renew Superintendent Terrance Furin's contract and whether moral and religious values should be taught in schools. Furthermore, Brown said, "None is afraid to make his position known, and all communicate well with the public.
September 1, 1991 |
In the world of public education, the summer months are supposed to provide a respite from the frenetic activity of the school year. But for administrators in the Phoenixville Area School District, this summer has brought not relief but rather a burgeoning tax revolt. Two years after a bitter teachers strike - and the signing of a controversial contract that gave teachers an average 60 percent salary increase over five years - the Phoenixville Area Taxpayers Association (PATA)
November 22, 1990 |
Sandy Tucker of Thorndale said there was only one way to solve the growing tax problem in the Downingtown Area School District. "The way I see it, the school board members already have their minds made up," Tucker said. "The only alternative left is to remove as many of them as possible. " Tucker and several other residents have set out to do just that. The residents have formed a second taxpayers group in Downingtown. The Committee Against Unnecessary School Expenditures (CAUSE)
October 1, 1992 |
Members of the Taxpayer's Action Network say they are tired and are not going to take it anymore. "We taxpayers have become slaves to a government which is not only out of control but arrogantly ignores our calls for decreased taxes, spending and waste," contends Tom Borneman, president of the Lansdale-based group. "We are tired of being ignored by government, and we want our voices to be heard. " Borneman and his group are doing more than just complaining. They are staging a rally for Southeastern Pennsylvania residents to send a message to local, state and national officials.
April 23, 1992 |
It was not your usual check presentation as Chris Bachler and Ann Harrity rolled out a larger-than-life-sized check at the Upper Darby school board meeting Tuesday. There were no handshakes or traditional photo session with board members standing in front of the check replica. In fact, not a single board member stepped forward to receive the check presented by Bachler and Harrity on behalf of the Taxpayer Rights Association of Delaware County Inc. "This is a blank check care of us," Bachler said.