November 25, 2002
The Board of Supervisors of Pennsbury Township held a regular meeting on Monday,
November 25, 2002. All members, Mr. Patten and Kathy Howley were present and the
minutes approved as submitted.
Earned Income Tax vs Property Tax
A proposed ordinance was advertised for adoption of a change from a township
property tax to an earned income tax. Several mailings have been sent to residents
asking for their input. Jim Hunt was present from Berkheimer Assoc. to answer any
questions. The township received input through emails, fax and telephone calls on this
subject. Mr. Reynolds proceeded to give an overview of why the township has
proposed this and other pertinent statistical data. The following was noted:
The meeting was opened for discussion. Residents present, in general, felt the tax
was unfair since there would be property owners living in the township that would pay
no township tax. They felt everyone should pay and did not see a need to change the
method of taxation if this was going to be revenue neutral. EIT would discourage open
space especially those who have their land in Act. 319 or 515. Steve McClaskey
appreciated the effort the township made to communicate this information to residents
but he too opposed the change. After much discussions Bill Holloway moved to keep
the property tax. The vote was unanimous.
Steger Gowie Land Development Plan - Dan Wright was present requesting a
conditional approval for the plan. The outstanding items are:
The Board approved the plan and will sign it when the above items are satisfied.
November 25, 2002
Dave Patten stated that the Board of Supervisors has 30 days in which to name a
replacement for Bill Holloway who will be resigning effective December 31, 2002. If no
one is named, then the Vacancy Board will appoint someone. The position will be on
the May 2003 ballot.
Reese Reynolds reported that emergency management is conducting training programs
for all members of their team. The next one will be December 7th at 9 a.m. and January
The resolution for the recreation fee was signed by the Board. The fee is $2000 per
dwelling unit - new construction.
Dave Patten reported that Jeff Berlin wants indemnity from the township before he
does the work on Judy Duke's property. Since he will be doing the work on her
property, he must seek this from her.
Ms. Howley asked Mr. Patten to put together a resolution for "records request" to
comply with the recent legislation addressing this issue.
A bill list dated November 25th numbering 3986-4030, State Fund #167 was submitted
and approved for payment by the Board. With no further business the meeting
adjourned at 9:45 p.m.