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Montco Budget Holds Line On Taxes, Maybe

dollarsThe Montgomery County Commissioners are considering a general fund budget that calls for more than $398.4 million in spending and no tax hike next year, but Chairman Jim Matthews says county workers won’t like it, and the department heads will sue the commissioners. “After all the lawsuits that are going to come, and they will, I don’t see where we have a budget.”

He says he believes all department heads will sue, challenging their spending cuts.  Vice Chairman Joe Hoeffel says county workers will make sacrifices.

“This budget does not anticipate a pay raise.  This is part of the bitter medicine – a zero pay raise.”

Commissioner Bruce Castor says a tax hike is not out of the question.

“I would agree with Commissioner Matthews that we need to consider a tax increase to avoid, I used the word ‘layoffs,’ but really it’s job eliminations.”

He says residents expect county services, and the commissioners should look at every possibility to continue providing them in the most efficient way.  Matthews says what’s going on in Norristown is similar to what’s going on in Washington, but with one important difference.

“It’s a microcosm of what we’ve seen in the federal argument for the last year or so, that is, it’s grand to pass this or that, but where’s the money coming from?  The distinguishing thing that the three of us are painfully familiar with is that we can’t go to the Chinese to raise the money or the Saudi Arabians to raise the money.”

And unlike the federal government, he says the county is required by law to have a balanced budget.  As it stands now, the budget calls for eliminating more than 50 jobs, including about 20 that are currently filled.  The others have been vacant for weeks or months.  The commissioners vote on the budget in three weeks, and a tax hike is still possible.

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WNPV AM 1440 Merry Christmas to all our listeners! Make us a part of your celebrations by tuning to 1440 AM for WNPV's 54th Annual Holiday Caravan of Music! Starting at midnight tonight through 5 AM on Friday, we will eliminate our regular programming and commercials and play continuous holiday music broken into 15-minute segments sponsored by area businesses and industries. Then, starting a 12 noon until 4 PM on Friday, tune in for the holiday concerts performed by students at our local high schools. The high school concerts will continue on Saturday from 12 noon until 3 PM and then will be followed by the Penn State football in the Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium in New York. To find out the time of YOUR high school concert, check out the icon on the WNPV website ... www.wnpv1440.com. Merry Christmas one and all! Be safe this holiday weekend!
WNPV AM 1440 As reported by Sam Verano, SAHS Principal, this morning, there will be a vigil in memory of Nina Flick and for the full recovery of Anthony Flick at Souderton Area High School this evening. The vigil will be held in the high school gymnasium. Doors will open at 6 PM with the vigil beginning at 6:30. It is expected to last 45 minutes. It would be most appreciated if you could stop by and help promote the vigil and fundsforflick. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Mecca at mmecca1988@gmail.com.
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Click here to support From happiness to nothing in 1 day by Erika Kershaw www.gofundme.com Im sure you have heard about the montgomery county shooting spree. These two little girls Kayla age 5 and Shannon age 9 were caught in the middle of this and lost their mother, father, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousin. Including these girls losing their loved ones Kayla als...
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TAP into North Penn Press release from Lansdale Police: Due to the recent tragic events here in Lansdale and surrounding communities, the Lansdale Police Department has asked Victim Services Center (VSC) to give a presentation of the services they offer on Monday evening, December 22nd at 6:00 PM at the Lansdale Parks & Recreation building located at the intersection of East Seventh Street and Lansdale Avenue in Lansdale Borough. Victim Services Center (VSC) is a non-profit organization located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania that provides free and confidential comprehensive support services such as: Crisis Counseling Many people who are impacted by violence experience anxiety, fear, confusion and anger. A crisis occurs when people no longer feel able to cope in the ways they could previously. Through crisis counseling we provide support and information to community members who are in crisis as a result of victimization. Clients learn to reduce their anxiety and access important resources. Supportive Counseling Once the crisis has subsided, people find they have been impacted by victimization in many different ways. Some people feel very angry, some feel powerless, and some blame them-selves for the actions of others. Through supportive counseling, clients learn new skills for coping with stressors in their lives. Clients gain increased feelings of safety and self– confidence. Chief Robert McDyre – “The effects a heart-rending event such as the one we have recently experienced often manifest themselves after the event has transpired and the initial shock dissipates. It’s typical to experience rage, grief and many other emotions. VSC is at the forefront in helping those affected put the pieces back to together.”
WNPV AM 1440 For those of you interested in donating to Anthony Flick, go to http://www.gofundme.com/Fundsforflick.
Click here to support Funds for Flick by Melissa Mecca www.gofundme.com On December 15th a tragedy struck a Souderton Borough family. A deranged man entered the Flick family residence he shot and killed Anthony's Mother and Father. Anthony was shot while defending his fourteen year old sister Nina. The shooter cut off three of Anthony's fingers, stabbed him and ultim...

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