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Today’s news (part II) – Saturday, March 4, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2017 at 7:36 am

Some more of today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Today’s quote … “I’ve done town halls in person as a state senator. We may very well do that again.” – That’s the response from new US Representative Lloyd Smucker as 100 average, regular citizens protested outside a paid event at which the elected public servant spoke with business people at a Chamber of Commerce event in Lancaster. – Lancaster Online

  • The new Representative looks just like his predecessor. Arrogance personified in the condescending tone.
  • Communication, in the form of timely, comprehensive and timely posting of Council committee meetings, is improved and welcome. All the committee minutes are posted at the Borough’s Website. Two committees, Property and Community Development, have not posted minutes since November and December meetings.


  • Seems lots of folks in Wonderland are chatting with the Russians; wonder whether all of them will lie and say they didn’t as the Attorney General did? – The Washington Post

sh-h-h-hHey, folks … use one phone for business and another for work! And use one email account for your personal life and another for your business life!

  • The crimes a just getting worse and worse. A POLICE LOG item in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster : The New Holland culprit “was charged after she used ketchup to write an expletive on a vehicle during a fight involving several people March 1 in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy.”

Today’s news – Saturday, March 4, 2017

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on March 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.


Today’s quote … “Coward.” – Crowd chants as “the weasel” made a visit to Rhode Island on Thursday. – The Hill

  • Thursday night’s School District’s Board of Directors’ “committee of the whole” meeting included a contingent of Columbia Borough’s elected public servants, the borough manager and the borough’s consultant, Rebecca Denlinger. They came to encourage the school board directors on the newly enhanced L.E.R.T.A. proposal  approved by the borough earlier at the February borough council meeting.
  • Following the February meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this: “During last night’s meeting borough consultant Rebecca Denlinger presented a renewed and more aggressive L.E.R.T.A. (tax abatement) scale.  The proposed scale would be for three years at 100% and two years of 50% abatement on property improvements. Adoption of the proposal requires the joint approval of the Columbia Borough School District and the Borough. This is critical because the school taxes represent the significantly higher tax burden. The borough is seeking a date for a joint borough / school district meeting.”
  • Denlinger, the mayor and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director, Janice Nikoloff, stressed that this beefed up by 33% LE.R.T.A. is needed to attract interested developers to invest in Columbia property. Though there’ve been on takers of the existent L.E.R.T.A., each felt that the “new L.E.R.T.A.” will generate enough interest to sway interest – particularly the interest of two properties now in discussion.
  • From the CEDC Website: “We encourage investors to review our FINANCING section for information on Columbia’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Commercial and Residential Programs, Historic Tax Credits, and other state and local financial assistance programs.”
  • It was stated that there’s a very interested developer for the long-time vacant Hotel Columbia site in downtown’s main traffic area.
  • Citizen Frank Doutrich extolled the board of directors to get rid of the “per capita tax.” The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.”

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  • One school district in the northeastern part of the state claimed in 2013, “One reason continuing this (the per capita tax) is the perception that the per-capita tax is at least one levy that every adult resident must pay.”

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