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Linglestown Gazette: Lower Paxton official receives state award

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lower Paxton official receives state award

Gazette congrats go out to Bill Hawk, chairman of the Lower Paxton Twp. Board of Supervisors, for being among a select group of local government officials awarded the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence earlier this month. (Patriot-News article)

I learned about Hawk’s honor while chatting with him about happenings at a recent statewide gathering of township officials that was held in Hershey. He identified three key points of discussion during the four-day conference:

– A top Rendell administration official made a pitch for consolidation of municipal governments, an idea that few local officials support.

– The need for state and federal aid to help townships repair roads and bridges. Federal stimulus money is on the way, but Hawk did not know how big a slice of a $30 million pie is earmarked for Lower Paxton.

– Gov. Eddie Rendell’s proposed 1-percent county sales tax that would be used in part to lower county and township property tax bills. Hawk was quoted in a Patriot-News article about the tax.

Hawk is seeking re-election to his township post this election cycle.



At 1:32 PM, Anonymous bakabaka said...

While I would like to see property taxes go down, I think the last thing we need is another inefficient region based tax. Even worse, new retail stores will opt to open in lower tax counties ultimately pulling sales away from our local businesses.

Dauphin Co. is sure to institute the tax hike, I can smell it miles away. If I were Perry Co. I would pass on the additional sales tax, draw businesses in with incentive and advertise the dickens out of the folks in neighboring counties that they will save money in my county. The no sales tax county wins, neighboring county businesses lose. The exact same thing happens on the borders of the no sales tax states. Developers don't bother building malls on the sales tax side of the border.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger  said...

Good hearing from you, bakabaka, and thanks for digging into the tax issue.

Your points about the economic fallout of implementing a county sales tax need to be publicly debated.


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