Author: Leslie Krowchenko

Happy New Year! No New Taxes! In Marple Township

The Marple commissioners are not messing with success. For the second consecutive year, the board approved the upcoming year’s budget with a corresponding zero percent tax increase. The millage will remain at 4.48 and for the average home assessed at $161,000, the typical tax bill will still be approximately $721. Nearly 82 percent of the $16.2 million budget will be devoted to the police department (48 percent), highways/streets/parks (21 percent) and general government (13 percent). The remainder is divided among code enforcement/planning/zoning/emergency management, debt principal and debt interest, the Marple Public Library, Broomall Fire Co., Marple Township Ambulance Service and Marple Newtown Recreation. Holding the line on taxes does not translate to holding the line on expenses, said President Joe Rufo. To the contrary, he noted the 2018 budget increases contributions to the library and fire company, provides for a $390,000 road repaving program and covers the debt service costs incurred in the last year for the new police station, improvements to Paxon Hollow Country Club, energy efficient LED street light program and contribution to the fire company for its new station. “The commissioners and township staff worked hard to put together and adopt a budget that does not require a tax increase and does not cut or reduce any programs and services,” he added. “Residents will continue to receive the level of service they expect from the township.”...

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Local girl scout earns highest award

Katherine Hallinan is breathing rarefied Girl Scout air. A 2017 graduate of Marple Newtown High School, Hallinan recently earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. She received a plaque from the Marple commissioners to recognize her achievement. The Gold Award is a seven-step process in which the scout identifies and investigates an issue, creates a plan, builds a team and executes the project. The plan serves to solve a community issue in both the short and long term. The most prestigious honor and most difficult to earn, only 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts are eligible to...

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MNSD super takes medical leave; board considers growth study

A medical leave for Superintendent Dr. Carol Cary was among the district and director changes recently approved by the Marple Newtown School Board. Cary’s leave, which began Nov. 6, will extend through Feb. 4. Business Administrator Joe Driscoll was appointed to serve as substitute superintendent. “The board felt it was important to have a clearly designated point of contact responsible for overseeing all departments to ensure the district continues to operate effectively and efficiently during Dr. Cary’s temporary absence,” said board President Kathy Chandless. “Because the business administrator already reports directly to the board under the district’s organizational chart,...

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Rose Valley may lower taxes

Rose Valley is considering a tax decrease hat trick, as Council approved the preliminary 2018 budget which would lower real estate taxes by 4.4 percent. The figure would follow the two percent decrease in 2016 and six percent for the current year. The preliminary figures would reduce the millage from 2.23 to 2.13. Based on an average assessment of $450,000, the typical tax bill would decrease by $44, from $1,004 to $960. The preliminary budget of $363,300 represents an approximately two percent reduction in overall expenses, said Finance Committee Chair Bob Siwicki. It shows an anticipated $55,000 in real...

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Middletown opens Roosevelt School

The mission of the Middletown Township Historical Society, “Opening the Door to our Past,” is symbolized by the door knocker rescued from the former Blackstone Inn. The group now has a portal through which all may pass. The nearly 100 year-old Roosevelt School is the new location for the society’s collection. The historic building and artifacts were on display during an open house this month. “We are thrilled to have a home,” said historical society President Susan Mescanti. “This has all been stored in the Middletown Free Library or in my basement.” The items were among many attractions in...

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