Montgomery County Slowly Getting Upper Hand on Finances

Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro says, the county continues to look for ways to streamline it’s operation.

“We have 19 fewer departments today then when we took office about 15 or 16 months ago, not ask people for more tax revenue, but instead create efficiencies from the back end that don’t have a negative impact on people’s lives.”

Shapiro was a guest on Comment Please By Univest Monday afternoon. He says, the county is now projecting a budget surplus, is making pension contributions for the first time in five years and is addressing long term infrastructure issues that has been neglected for a decade.

State Senator Preparing Early in Run For Congress

State Senator Daylin Leach is the first in line to run for the 13th Congressional seat. Incumbent Allyson Schwartz has decided to run for Governor next year, creating an open seat. There is lots of cross-over between the Congressional District and Leach’s 17th District Senate seat, but he actually lives in the 7th Congressional District.

“I live about 150-yards outside the 13th District, but I grew up in the district. I represented the district for about a dozen years, this part of the district.”

Leach is a Democrat who advocated for legalizing marijuana and gay marriage.

Lawsuit Filed Against Two County Commissioners

Montgomery County Commissioners now face a lawsuit in connection with the firing of Voter Services Director,Joe Passarella, who was let go last month. Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, Josh Shaprio commented on the situation before the lawsuit was filed on Monday’s edition of Comment Please by Univest WNPV.

“I can’t comment on the reasons why Mr. Passarella no longer works here, suffice to say, there was ample reason.
Going forward, there was a lot of misreporting going on about promises made and political deals. None of that is true. In fact, the day we removed Passarella, formally of his duties, we advertised the position on our website, as we’ve done with every other position here.”

A taxpayer, Nicholas Salamone, from Plymouth meeting, filed the lawsuit, naming commissioners Josh Shapiro, Leslie Richards and Michael Paston, who replaced Passarella. The Montgomery County Republican Committee is named as a plaintiff in the suit. The suit was filed on the grounds that Michael Paston was illegally appointed to the post as Director of Voter Services for the county.

Local Financial Expert: IRS Needs Changes in Several Areas

The controversy concerning IRS intimidation seems to be a long standing
problem, according to George Toth, Host of WNPV programs, Regarding Your
Money and Chestnut Investment Attitudes.

"This essentially is setting up that agency to be the bidding of a
particular administration. The agency then loses it direction and trust.
But make no mistake, this is very disturbing."

Toth was a guest Friday morning on the AM-Edition.

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