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Montco Passes Expanded Budget for 2016 Along with Tax Hike

This story has been updated. The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a $389.7 million operating budget linked to a property tax increase of 9.8 percent, the first since 2012 and the first engineered by the Shapiro administration. The budget reflects a...
Posted On Dec 18 2015
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New School Board Waives Option for Tax Increase Beyond Act 1 Limits

The Cheltenham school board on Tuesday night swore in its newly elected members, chose new board leaders and announced its decision not to seek exceptions from the state to allow tax increases for the next fiscal year beyond the regular Act 1 ceiling. David Cohen, Joel Fishbein,...
Posted On Dec 09 2015
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McCarter Reports Back on State Budget Stalemate

About 30 people chose to miss parts of two MLB playoff games and risk being late for the first Democratic presidential debate in order to attend state Rep. Steve McCarter’s town hall meeting at Glenside Hall Tuesday evening. The primary purpose of the meeting was to provide an...
Posted On Oct 14 2015
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Wolf Asks for Bipartisanship on the Basis of Budget Math

Could the deep budget freeze in Harrisburg be finally starting to defrost?  Hard to say, but there is some noteworthy budget-related legislative activity on tap this week when Gov. Tom Wolf’s broad-based tax package is slated for a vote in the House. Calling the...
Posted On Oct 05 2015
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Cheltenham District Takes State Budget Stalemate in Stride For Now

The Cheltenham school district is so far riding out the state budget impasse without a hitch.  Although about $1.7 million in state aid is past due, the deficiency is having “minimal impact” on the district’s cash flow position, according to Finance Director...
Posted On Sep 03 2015
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Wolf Takes His Budget Message to Montco

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, enmeshed in his war with the Republican legislature, swooped into Norristown for a press event this afternoon, rhetorical guns blazing, using language like “sham,” “disgrace,” “sleight-of-hand” and “insult” to characterize the budget submitted by the PA...
Posted On Aug 11 2015
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Wolf Vetoes Pension Bill as State Budget Rift Solidifies

This one took more time, but PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto statement today of the Republican legislature’s version of pension reform, coming on the heels of earlier vetoes of the budget and liquor privatization, didn’t mince words. “I understand the need for pension...
Posted On Jul 09 2015
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Cheltenham School District’s Final Budget Up for Vote on Tuesday

With a new superintendent in the wings, the Cheltenham school district will be voting on its 2015-16 final budget on Tuesday. The total package comes in at a shade under $104 million, driving a tax increase of 1.9 percent. The tax boost meets the basic state ceiling on increases...
Posted On Jun 08 2015
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Haywood Calls Fracking Industry ‘Freeloaders’ for Opposing Severance Tax

One of the key and most controversial components of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget was taken up this week at a joint Senate Finance and Environmental Resources Committee hearing.  Matthew Knittel, director of the state Independent Fiscal Office testified that Wolf’s...
Posted On Jun 03 2015
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Key District Meetings Tuesday on Cedarbrook Design and Next Year’s Budget

With architects for the Cedarbrook rebuild chosen in mid-April, the Cheltenham school district is moving ahead with the project and will hold meetings this week to seek public input on design issues for a revived Cedarbrook.  Two of those will occur on Tuesday, May 5 at the...
Posted On May 04 2015
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