Republican Lehigh County commissioners banded together forcing a tax cut commissioners on the other side of the aisle and county Executive Phillips Armstrong did not want and warned against.
The vote keeps real estate taxes at last year’s millage rate of 3.64, opposing the administration’s plan to raise the millage rate to 3.79 mills.
“It will be vetoed … as soon as it gets to my desk,” said Armstrong in an interview following the Oct. 24 board meeting.
The vote may be veto proof as Republicans control the board of commissioners.
Parkland Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman recently presented an overview of the 2019-22 comprehensive plan which will replace the expiring strategic plan of 2012-18.
He began with a look at the education community and how it has changed from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
In that time period, enrollment increased by 240 students while the number of district personnel grew by 139 employees.
Administrators remained the same at 63.
Lehigh County commissioners passed an amendment to the 2019 budget that keeps the millage rate at 3.64, opposing the administration’s plan to raise taxes during a four-hour meeting Oct. 10.
The amendment, sponsored by Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican and recent contender for the office of Lehigh County executive, passed along party lines 6-3.
The amendment specifies the millage rate shall be reduced in an amount representing $4,448,840 in 2019 real estate tax value.
This equates to a millage reduction of 0.15 setting the millage rate at 3.64.
Project manager Mark Bradbury presented a request to South Whitehall commissioners for rezoning a 7.3-acre portion of land at the northwest corner of Route 309 and Snowdrift Road from Rural Residential to Neighborhood Commercial.
During the board’s Oct. 3 meeting, Bradbury stated a section of the tract owned by Theodore and Lynn Lopsonzski along Blue Barn Road is suitable for five or six houses.
Bradbury said the remaining portion includes a drainage channel, swale and a banked area.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters is hosting its 27th annual art auction Nov. 4 in the Whitehall High School cafeteria, 2940 MacArthur Road.
There will be a preview time starting at 1:30 p.m. The bidding begins at 2 p.m.
For the past several years, the auctions were held at Sheckler Elementary School, Catasauqua, but the group changed venues this year to generate even more interest.
Some of the profits earned from the auction will go toward an art scholarship for a Whitehall High School senior.
Kutztown University Council of Trustees has appointed new officers for the 2018-20 academic years.
Jim Ludlow of Fogelsville was appointed vice chair. He has been a member of the Council of Trustees since 2013.
He is president of Liquid Interactive, a digital marketing agency in Allentown.
His company specializes in digital strategy, technology and design, including marketing, web design and e-commerce solutions.
Before that, Ludlow served Air Products and Chemicals Inc., for 19 years handling senior and director level management assignments.