news items – 7/27/17

LEGAL NOTICELancaster County Vacant Property Reinvestment Board LEGAL NOTICE announces Columbia properties for First Determination of Blight Lancaster Online

moneybagsSo who are the richest people in the world?

Here’s Forbe’s list of the world’s billionaires.

Yep, he’s on the list.

trustTrust is in crisis around the world.

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer | “With the fall of trust, the majority of respondents now lack full belief that the overall system is working for them. In this climate, people’s societal and economic concerns, including globalization, the pace of innovation and eroding social values, turn into fears, spurring the rise of populist actions now playing out in several Western-style democracies.” The US has the largest trust gap.

31 better world

NNO fireworksfireworksComing up next week.

borough issuesIssues in another borough. Councillors there debate the loss of taxable properties as they go “non-profit.”

About a year ago, Columbia news, views & reviews wrote this:

How many of Columbia’s non-profits make “in-lieu-of” payments to the Borough for public services?

The Borough responded to our “right to know” request and provided a list of four of the up to 100 or so registered non-profits.

These four contributed a total of $12,150 in 2015.

in lieu of

Each year the borough office sends this invitation to the registered non-profits to encourage them to consider an “in lieu of taxes” contribution.

fair share letterClick on the above illustration to view in a larger format.

Many non-profits across the county contend they provide significant services that benefit persons in the communities they exist. Many citizen tax payers, however, are burdened with increasing tax payments for services.

By the bye … Here are the AirBnB listings for Columbia area.




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