Day: May 6, 2016

UDA board faces tough choices

Raise taxes or cut programs

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writercsrobwheary@gmail.com

ELIZABETHVILLE – Upper Dauphin faces some tough choices on its 2016-2017 budget, which might include a tax increase, funding solutions or furloughs for teachers.
During a public budget workshop on April 26, members of the school board sat down with district superintendent Evan Williams and business manager Mary Bateman to discuss how to balance a $19.4 million budget with a $1 million deficit.
The coming year’s budget features revenue that will remain the same as last year, but with an extra $1.4 million in expenses, 75 percent of that figure coming from rising costs in the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement System funding costs, health insurance and cyberschool.
At the start of the meeting, board president David Barder talked about cyber school, saying that he doesn’t think it’s fair that school districts are paying astronomical amounts of money to students when there is no accountability in some cases.
“There should be an outside organization that polices the cyber schools and looks after the students and if there’s no progress, the money stops and they come back in-house. The school is not going to do it because they are pocketing so much money, but there should be accountability and showing improvement on a daily basis.”

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Tower City Council looks to increase tax rate for fire protection

By Joan Schwer, Correspondent

TOWER CITY – Councilman and volunteer fireman Marcus Riddell informed council April 11 that a fire company representative wants to come to monthly meeting to give an oral report. He followed that request with a somber report of the financial condition of the fire company.
According to Riddell, the company’s equipment is getting old, and a new fire truck would cost between $250,000 and $350,000. Along with a new truck, the building would need to be modified at an estimated cost of $10,000. The most urgent need, however, is ten new air-packs at an estimated purchase price of $85,000.
“The volunteers spend countless hours at fires and fund raising,” said Riddell. “They train weekly. The company is a family.”

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Political pundit Angst passes

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writercsrobwheary@gmail.com

VALLEY VIEW – John W. “Bud” Angst, the Valley View man with ties to journalism, broadcasting and politics throughout several counties, passed away April 26 at the age of 93.
Angst, a former contributing editor for The Citizen-Standard, was known for his no-nonsense style of writing and was once taken to court for his editorializing on the radio by several Schuylkill County attorneys.
The story, according to his obituary, was that 17 attorneys petitioned Schuylkill County Court to hold Angst in contempt of court for every broadcast he made, a total of 475 counts of contempt.

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Bud Angst

Bud Angst, Valley View resident, radio broadcaster, politician, and WWII Veteran, died April 26, 2016 at the age of 93.

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Ian P. Latsha

Ian P. Latsha, 15, of 334 W. Shamokin St. Trevorton, died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after three years of a courageous battle with cancer.

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