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Linglestown Gazette: Taxing news, village update

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Taxing news, village update

Township tax hike a sure thing …

As reported yesterday, Lower Paxton Township is expected to raise the local property tax rate for the first time since 1990. CLICK HERE for details from today’s Patriot-News.

The news article’s headline – Sizeable tax rise seems inevitable – is misleading. The increase should be less than $25 for most property owners. My guess is most homeowners will pay $100-$200 in local property taxes in 2008, a small amount compared to property taxes paid to Dauphin County and C.D. School District.

The majority of the township’s tax revenue comes from a portion of the local tax dollars deducted from paychecks.

Dauphin County and Central Dauphin School District are not expected to hike property taxes in 2008.

Linglestown note: During Monday’s township meeting, the supervisors decided to cut the $10,000 annual donation for Koons Pool from the township’s 2008 budget. Officials said the pool is “past its prime and has sparse membership.”

Speaking of taxes …

If you’re an older Pennsylvanian, you might qualify for a state tax rebate on your school taxes this year thanks to slots gambling. Deadline for filing a rebate form is Dec. 31, 2007. Forms should be available at Rep. Ron Marsico’s office on Linglestown Road. CLICK HERE for more info.

Gazette stands corrected …

A Nov. 14 post reported that construction on a housing development near Koons Park was temporarily delayed. Wrong!

Work has begun to install building foundations for The Townes at Autumn View, an 18-unit luxury condo community located off of Griffin Street between Warren Avenue and Jerome Boulevard. CLICK HERE for a map.

CLICK HERE for an earlier post about the project.



At 5:32 PM, Blogger Harry said...

Any word out of the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting on any development projects around the Linglestown area?

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Livin' in the Blue (Roads) said...

I have to say it's disappointing to hear that LPT have all but given up on Koon's Pool. I don't know how many of the board members have been there this last summer, but the pool is in pretty decent shape thanks to the volunteers who work hard on maintaining it.

$10,000 is a drop in the bucket and a steal. They should have been more proactive and maybe, oh, I don't know - PROMOTE the pool more to the township residents?? Isn't that one thing the board is responsible for? Promoting activities within the township?

At 8:41 PM, Blogger BB said...

Harry, I didn't attend Monday's workshop meeting, and The Patriot-News writer only reported on budget/tax issues.

Autumn Oaks was on the agenda:

Continued discussion with the McNaughton Company on improvements to Patton Road and on recreation facilities as part of the Autumn Oaks subdivision plan.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger BB said...

The township has consistently helped Koons Pool over the years even though it's not a township facility; a nonprofit group operates the pool.

Last spring the township supervisors approved emergency funding to fix an old pump so the pool could open.

The 2008 township budget is not finalized. The board will vote on it this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 pm.

Pool volunteers and members could show up at the meeting and make a case for continued funding.

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

was walking my dogs by the condo development this morning and the sign out front stated that it was a
Classic Communities development. Did Mcnaughton Homes sell it off?

At 9:28 AM, Blogger BB said...

Most likely Classic Communities is the builder McNaughton contracted with to construct the townhouse units.


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