York County businessman and gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has gotten a good bit of attention this week for his approach to the upcoming annual Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City.
John Baer, political columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, described the event as a time when big-shot “Pennsylvanians (and wannabe big shots) migrate to The Apple for a few days of parties, receptions, shopping and general excess to celebrate themselves and spend money in another state during the holidays.”
Wolf and his wife, Frances, have attended the festivities before, as well as receptions for political candidates taking place during the weekend.
Wolf said they originally expected to host their own reception, but decided to go in a different direction.
A union representative for 911 dispatchers said they have to work too many hours.
The representative spoke at the York County commissioners’ meeting Wednesday.
Tara Wilson, with Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), asked commissioners to increase the number of positions allocated for the 911 center and give workers a schedule “that is fair with guaranteed days off, so that the dedicated employees you have can get rest to rejuvenate for the next upcoming workweek.”
Wilson said union reps met with the three county commissioners on July 24. Wilson said they presented a multi-page packet of information regarding the working conditions at the 911 center.
Wilson said the packet included information about 911 operators working 16-hour shifts and many working 12 or more days in a row.
State Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, is opening a satellite office in Hopewell Township’s municipal building, at 3336 Bridgeview Road, according to a news release.
Miller said a member of his staff will be on site the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. The office will not be open Dec. 25 because of the Christmas holiday.
Hopewell Township is part of the 94th Legislative District, currently represented by state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township.
The release states that Hopewell Township, along with Fawn and North Hopewell townships, and the boroughs of Fawn Grove, Stewartstown and Winterstown, will be part of the 93rd Legislative District, beginning Dec. 1, 2014
Last week, I wrote about how York County commissioners don’t plan to increase property taxes for 2014.
The county website has info on how to calculate your tax bill:
To calculate your tax bill:
• Convert the millage rate to its decimal equivalent to make the calculation easier. To do so, multiply the millage rate by .001.
o Example: 5 mills X .001=.005
• Multiply this figure by the property’s assessed value
o Example: A Tax Rate of 5 mills and a property assessed at $150,000
o Calculation: $150,000 X .005=$750
If you’re not sure what your property’s assessed value is, you can look it up at the York County Geographic Information Access System.
One year after approving an 8.9 percent county real estate tax increase, county commissioners say they don’t plan to raise your taxes for 2014.
That’s one thing you need to know about the county preliminary budget presentation, which took place Wednesday.
Here are seven more:
1.) County officials said last year’s tax increase was necessary to make up for more than $7 million in state and federal budget cuts to mandated services.
Under the 2014 proposal, the millage rate would remain 4.52. A taxpayer with a home assessed at $150,000 would continue to pay $678 in county real estate taxes, according to the county.
The consolidated 2014 county budget is $476.7 million, with a general fund of $190.6 million. Administrator Chuck Noll said the general fund budget is increasing less than one percent, which he attributed to increased health care and debt service costs.
2.) Commissioners budgeted $7.1 million for the nursing home subsidy in 2013. Noll said the projected cost is less than that.
The proposal includes a $5.7 million subsidy for 2014.
President Commissioner Steve Chronister defended the practice of subsidizing the nursing home.
Noll said the projected subsidy for 2013 is $5.9 million. He attributed that lower subsidy to “aggressive” billing practices and improved operating efficiencies.
The 2014 York County budget was presented during the commissioners’ regular meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The proposal includes no tax increase for 2014.
“We’re pleased that there won’t be a tax increase in 2014. Everybody here at the county level has worked very hard to hold the line on taxes,” County Commissioner Chris Reilly said after the meeting. “We got a couple of lucky breaks. We did some refinancing to compensate for some shortfalls in revenue. But, overall, it was a pretty strong year.”
Last year, York County commissioners approved raising county real-estate taxes by 8.9 percent. At the time, they said federal and state budget cuts for mandated services were to blame.
Check out the line-by-line budget here.
Below, we have a recap from the meeting, and we are continuing to provide analysis.
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, said in a statement Monday that he has “serious concerns” with an an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program.
“While I support efforts to resolve this issue diplomatically, Iran has failed to comply in the past with U.N. Security Council resolutions that called for the full suspension of its nuclear weapons activities,” he said in the statement. “Iran also remains the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
Here’s a description of the deal:
Iran and six world powers reached a first-stage agreement Sunday curbing Iran’s ability to construct a nuclear warhead in return for sanctions relief.
The deal puts temporary restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment programs for six months, focusing on activities that would allow Iran to build a nuclear warhead.
Perry said allowing Iran to enrich uranium is counter to U.N. Security Council demands that Iran stop all nuclear enrichment. He also expressed opposition to loosening economic sanctions that he said “forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place.”
Perry said he was an original co-sponsor of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, H.R. 850, which has passed the House.
“The legislation would increase pressure on the Iranian regime amid its continued attempts to acquire a nuclear weapons capability,” Perry said. “The legislation would broaden economic sanctions, strengthen human rights sanctions, and increase implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.”
York County businessman Tom Wolf and some other Democratic candidates for governor spoke at a forum in Philadelphia today.
The other candidates who participated were: former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, state Treasurer Rob McCord, former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz. Wolf is a former state revenue secretary.
We had live coverage. You can see some of the highlights after the jump:
Republican state Reps. Seth Grove, Stan Saylor and Ron Miller voted in favor of the major transportation plan to spend billions more on roads, bridges and mass transit. So did Democrat Kevin Schreiber.
The ones who opposed it were: Republican state Reps. Keith Gillespie, Mike Regan and Will Tallman.