An 18.3% increase… are you kidding? by Anthony Oleck

July 3, 2012 
Filed under Taxes, Voices of Liberty

So I’m reading the Daily Local and I come to a page 3 headline. “West Chester area teachers union proposes an 18.3% raise. ” The report went on to say they are also requesting expanded health benefits, additional pay for meetings and a reduction of two work days during the school year. It took a […]

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West Chester’s Washington Monument Syndrome

January 7, 2011 
Filed under Taxes, Voices of Liberty

West Chester’s Washington Monument Syndrome

By Sean Carpenter, December 23, 2010. West Chester residents were presented with the classic Washington Monument Syndrome: cut the most visible and appreciated service in order to provoke outcry and then increase taxes instead.

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Taxpayer Dissatisfaction Not Considered Newsworthy

April 16, 2009 
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Taxpayer Dissatisfaction Not Considered Newsworthy

The grassroots conservative Tea Party firestorm crossing the country stopped on the corner of Market and High Streets in West Chester last Saturday. Four hundred people gathered, a vast cross-section of men, women, and children wearing tea bags and holding signs, and showed up to peacefully voice their collective discontent with taxation and government overreach. It certainly was newsworthy – but it apparently wasn’t news.

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Open Space Untouchable?

February 21, 2009 
Filed under Open Space, Taxes

Open Space Untouchable?

Recently it has been implied a prioritization of open space within the County’s overall priorities is beyond discussion. County Controller Val DiGiorgio disagrees, and said as much recently in response to an editorial in the press.

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Rewarding Failure Is Their Plan

January 23, 2009 
Filed under Taxes

Why is it that with all the bright economic minds we can muster, the best plan to fix the economy is one that rewards businesses who have failed at the expense of those who have succeeded? Or one that supports the real estate speculators or those who lived beyond their means at the expense of those who managed their finances prudently?

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Tell Your Politician Not To Sip The COLA

January 8, 2009 
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With the state of Pennsylvania facing a $2 billion budget deficit this fiscal year and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter shortening the yearly Mummers Parade and trying to close fire stations and libraries due to budgetary shortfalls, I was heartened to learn of one elected official recognizing the seriousness of this economic disaster.

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