By Vicki Terwilliger
LOYALTON - Only a handful of citizens and school board directors attended a "Tax Swap" hearing June 25 in the Upper Dauphin Area School District.
At issue is whether the board should adopt a resolution which would place a referendum question on the Nov. 3, 2015 ballot. That referendum, if approved by the electorate, would eliminate the occupation tax and replace it by increasing the rate of the earned income tax collected. When the question was posed last fall, voters rejected the measure by a small margin.
HALIFAX - With a lengthy meeting last Tuesday evening where much of the public comment was concerning the adoption of a budget for the 2015-16 Halifax Area School District, the board made it's final vote two evenings later, last Thursday on its final budget.
"This has been a very, very difficult time for the district, both practical and legally," said Superintendent Dr. Michele Orner, during Thursday's budget meeting.
LAVELLE - In terms of timber, Schuylkill County is notable for how much pulp and chips it produces, according to a survey recently released by the state.
"In Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County is a major wood producing county. In exports in Pennsylvania, the fourth county in total volume of output is Schuylkill County," Frank P. Snyder, service forester for the state Bureau of Forestry, said.
The new Pennsylvania Timber Product Output Survey was recently published by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Harrisburg. Snyder calls it the "TPO survey."
VALLEY VIEW - The Concerned Citizens of Hegins Township has filed an appeal on the Hegins Township and Hubley Township Act 537 Plan.
Roger Wetzel, William Wolfgang, Randy Shadle, Bruce Klouser, Darrell Huntsinger, Kenneth W. Richter, Sandy McCullough, Kenneth Graham and Harry Mausser, by and through their counsel, Donald G. Karpowich, Esquire, and pursuant to 25 Pa. Code 1021.51 have appealed the April 17, 2015 decision of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approving the Joint Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Update, for Hegins and Hubley Townships.
FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Educators at the North Schuylkill School District took a trip to two manufacturing facilities Monday, June 8 in an effort to connect education with the job market in Schuylkill County.
About 150 teachers and administrators from the school district were the first in the state to participate in the Business Education Partnership established under Act 168 of 2014. Proposed by state Rep. Mike Tobash, R-125, the legislation allows educators to fulfill the required continuing education credits when they visit certain manufacturing facilities for a tour and an orientation program.