Governor Tom Corbett was in West Norriton Monday to ceremonially sign the 2.3-billion dollar transportation bill approved by the legislature earlier this month. He praised the state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that supported the measure. The new law will raise money for highway and bridge repair by raising the cost of a drivers license as well as an automobile registration card. It will also gradually increase the gas tax over the next five years. Corbett held his press conference near the construction site of a new on ramp onto Route 422.
50 years ago today, President John f. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. President of the Lansdale historical society, Dick Shearer, was a college student on that day, when he stopped to get a haircut.
“I was in Perkasie when Perkasie’s Chief of Police came in the barber shop and told us the President had been shot. The barber was the one person on the street who had a television set and everybody immediately came to the barbershop.”
Kennedy actually spoke to a teenaged Shearer during a campaign stop in Montgomery County in 1960.
Political pollster and frequent guest on WNPV’S AM Edition and Comment Please By Univest, say he vivid memories of that fateful day.
“I was actually student teaching in John Reynolds Jr. High in Lancaster, Pa. I was walking down the hallway getting ready to go to a class, when people starting stirring around saying the President has been shot.”
Madonna he credits President Kennedy with inspiring him to study politics.
Residents in Perkasie Borough can hold on to more of their income after Perkasie Borough Council passes its 2014 budget with no tax increase. Perkasie also has a budget slush fund of more than 176-thousand dollars. Council President, Jim Purcell is also eyeing the electric rate with the possibility of trying to lowering what residents pay for the utility per month. Raises were also worked in to the preliminary budget with administrators getting a 2 percent increase, while public works and electric company workers with representation will see pay increases of 3.5 and 3.75 percent. Perkasie Borough will also offer employees who choose not to take part in the family insurance plan, a flat rate of 25-hundred dollars. Employees who are single would receive 1,000. Perkasie Borough will vote on the budget during its December 16th meeting.
Montgomery County officials have presented their preliminary budget for next year. The spending plan totals almost 372 million dollars and does not call for a property tax increase. Chief Financial Officer, Uri Monson told the Commissioners the capital portion of the budget focuses on maintaining assets the county already owns.
“Nearly 96 percent of the capital expenditures in this
budget are related to existing county infrastructure. This compares to the 2012 capital budget which was approved by the previous board of commissioners, which had 53.4 of expenditures related to existing infrastructure.”
Monson also said the county will not need to take out a tax revenue anticipation note to meet the payroll during the first part of 2014.