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County Taxes Going Up 17 Percent

Montgomery County Board of Commissioners approve final, $417.4 million budget for 2012.

The Montgomery County Commissioners approved a 2012 operating budget Wednesday that will increase the county's average property tax bill by about $80 per year.

The $417.4 million budget preserves 2011 funding levels for Montgomery County Community College, the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, and the Elmwood Park Zoo. Each of those institutions had been threatened with severe reductions in county funding in a .

"There's a certain threshold we must maintain in order to provide the services our citizens expect," Commissioner Bruce Castor said. "I'm loathe to vote for a tax increase, but I simply don't see how we can continue to provide the services the county is expected to provide without one."

The county's parks department and planning commission, which the preliminary budget would have eliminated, will instead incur a 2.5 percent budget cut. Most county departments will see a similar funding reduction.

"I believe that this budget is fair, as far as we can make it," said Board Chairman Joseph Hoeffel.

The 2.5 percent cuts "may require some layoffs," said Randy Schaible, the county's outgoing chief financial officer. Schaible estimated that fewer than 50 layoffs would be needed.

The new budget also includes a 2 percent pay hike for county employees, which will take effect in July. It will be the first pay increase for county employees in more than three years. 

Schaible said Montgomery County's taxes remain "by far" the lowest among surrounding counties.

"I want to commend my colleagues. I'm very pleased that this was a unanimous decision. There was a lot of principle-compromising, and they acted in the best interests of the county," Hoeffel said.

"It's the glory days of the Hoeffel chairmanship," quipped Castor. Hoeffel, who leaves office at the end of the year, took over as chairman of the Board of Commissioners on Dec. 7 following the arrest of fellow Commissioner James Matthews.

"We raised household taxes 75 cents a month for 120 months to run the finest county government in the Commonwealth," Matthews said.

The current Board of Commissioners is not scheduled to meet again before its term expires at the end of the year.

Marc Lombardi January 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Level with me, Art. How many copies of Catcher in the Rye do you own? Do you find yourself compelled to buy a copy whenever passing a bookstore?
al January 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM
We know of one Communists in Abington that is Nancy Marshall http://abg.mclinc.org/ She was real angry when they told her to Remove the No Place for Hate Sign from the Library. She showed her real communist agenda in front of the Abington Commissioners with her goons the night the Board voted to use Eminent Domain on Patones property. Here Communist-Commissioner Lori said this was to remove the Blight of Roslyn. Ignoring the Blight of the Smut Business Entertainment Video nearby. . The ADL that supports tolerance of LGBT agenda is used by the Smut Industry to protect their rights (Entertainment Video) to be in the Community. Yet a rightful property owner was victim of the expressed Communist Agenda of the Abington Board costing the Taxpayers $225K and losing the opportunity to get a Mulit-Million Grant to build a library at some of the nearby lots. Perhaps it is time to tell Librarian Nancy Marshall time to move on. Why should the Community Taxpayers pay the salary of one who wishes to destroy the property rights of those who pay their salary? http://abg.mclinc.org/
al January 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Another point last year Abington Placed a No Place For Hate sign nearby my location. I took the sign down and gave in to the police. I told them if the ADL is not the Mafia then put the sign up. Well the sign has been down for over a year now. In the weeks prior to putting the sign up I kept getting repeated hang up calls from a party first identified as a women in the 732 area code. They would call at all different hours. I later recognize her voice to be Nancy Marshall. The librarian who screamed about the remove of the No Place for Hate from the Public Library. http://theunjustmedia.com/Jewish%20Zionists/Anti-Defamation%20League%20The%20Face%20of%20Hate.htm
al January 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM
In the first encounter with JoAnn Strouse the primary support of the No Place for Hate in Abington Schools. She said to me, she would never support a program backed by organized crime. If the ADL was the mafia she would remove the program. I presented her the facts as was done here. She called my up to same I am registered in the National ADL Database. The one who called was the short little bald header guy who mans the Polls at St. Marks Church. I reported the situation to the Police authorities they indicated directly to me that the ADL was the MAFIA. http://theunjustmedia.com/Jewish%20Zionists/Anti-Defamation%20League%20The%20Face%20of%20Hate.htm Marc: Let me know if you have to courage to stand to challenge for the wage with some real money. Say to start we wager a roll of 20 Silver Dollars each are you up to the challenge? The point is these thugs in local government are about to rip off the local taxpayers via play to pay contracts. Destroy the representation of the government for the people. Place opposition into a Mafia Database of the ADL perhaps for a later round up via the NDAA act. Do not worry be happen as Abington PA goes the way of Bell California http://www.aolnews.com/2010/09/22/residents-of-bell-calif-cheer-arrests-in-corruption-scandal/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/09/22/us-california-payscandal-arrests-idUSTRE68K40N20100922 http://www.wibw.com/nationalnews/headlines/103499699.html http://www.latimes.com/news/local/bell/ Cheers
al January 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Bob Your assessment that Asher does not control PA GOP is correct the Bucks GOP controls PA Politics www.bucksgop.org They have Corbett-Cawley as PA Gov/Lt Gov, they had Rendell in their pockets, Gov Mark Schweiker and Tom Ridge Also. Yes Herb Barmess died in 2000. However he split the power giving the control PA GOP to Asher and Fawkes at the local Bucks County Level. Asher is a GOP power broker for Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker and Tom Corbett Cawley is the understudy of PA Sen Tomlison the thug along with Vince Fumo got the Mafia Casinos into PA. At one point former PA Sen Joe Conti said "Asher is a Man of Honor and 5th Most Powerful person in the GOP Nationwide". Conti should know his father who ran the Conti Resturant worked with Herb Barness were the Italian-Jewish Dons that ran Bucks GOP in the past. Man of Honor in the sense of what Joe Bonnano would mean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WBT7WkPMhw http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=90467c48f6 http://www.constitutional.net/Luksik/inq-gc1.html The question is where does the GOP Money Man get the cash? Perhaps this will yield some insight into some of the PA GOP Funding http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2003/3003likud_usgangsta.html www.noplaceforcorruption.com Waste Management is a big part of PA Politics also http://www.ejnet.org/rachel/rhwn299.htm

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