The Van Wyck News

Volume 3 Number 12 A Voice for Freedom             15 September 2011

Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum
Constitution Day GOP Rally
     The Constitution Day Rally sponsored by the District 5 Republican Parties on Saturday 17 September was a success despite cool, misty weather. Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum kicked it off with his second appearance in Lancaster County last week. Many speakers helped articulate the message for the 2012 election campaign including Congressman Mick Mulvaney, SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis and SC Reps. Deborah Long and Tommy Pope. A highlight was the presentation by Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani from the Texas group Raging Elephants on the necessity that minority peoples break free of the welfare syndrome and embrace Republican and TEA Party values.
Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani 

County Budget Contains
$819,271 Tax Increase
   Only in the lunatic world in which Lancaster County Government operates can the County collect $819,271 in additional property taxes and assert with a straight face that property taxes have decreased.
     In FY2011, ended 30 June 2011, the total mil rate was 87.0, the value of the mil was $237,537 and the county collected $20,665,719 in property taxes.
      The current plan for FY2012, begun 1 July 2011, is to set the total mil rate at 86.6. Reassessment has increased the  value of the mil to $244,538, and the County will collect $21,176,699 in property taxes during FY2012. To my way of thinking this is an increase of $511,271 in property taxes. To this the County intends to add a $5 increase in the Road Fee (added to the cost of vehicle registration) to bring in an additional $308,000 in taxes. The total tax increase is thus, to my mind, $819,271, yet the County is asserting to a gullible public that this a tax decrease.
     Had the County held the line on expenses, the total mil rate would be 84.1 mils, a real decrease.
     Third reading and a public hearing on the budget/mil rate are set for Monday, 26 September 2011 at 6:30 PM in the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main Street, Lancaster. Citizens are encouraged to show up and voice their opinions on these matters. Sign and submit a petition to County Council to get rid of this tax increase.

Josie Ables is staying cool.
Fall Festival a Success
The beautiful fall weather helped make the 2011 Van Wyck Fall Festival and Car Show a huge success. Beautiful music by Trinity Gospel and the Hinson Girls, a variety of food, a variety of vendors, lots of beautiful cars and plenty of fun and games for kids combined to make a wonderful experience for attendees. 
The Hinson Girls were outstanding.

Coming Events
CrimeWatch Meeting 4 October 7:00 PM 
CDC Meeting 4 October 7:30 PM 
Blue Grass Jam 5 October  7:00 PM
Halloween Carnival 29 October
Christmas Parade 10 December

Feeding the Hungry
Donations to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for food.  The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the agencies serving the needy in Lancaster.  If you have food that you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.

     The redistricting proposals have been reduced to two - one that puts Sun City in the Van Wyck District in the southern panhandle and one that divides Sun City, putting the older part in with the urban Indian District and the newer  portion in the rural Van Wyck district. The former would leave Larry McCullough, who lives in Sun City, representing the Van Wyck district and allow the Indian Land district to elect a new representative to County Council. The latter plan would leave Mr. McCullough in the Indian Land district and allow the Van Wyck district to elect a new representative. Those who believe that Sun city should be divided or that Mr. McCullough should represent Indian Land, where he logically lives, belongs to Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, etc. need to call him and tell him so. Mr. McCullough's contact information: telephone: 803-802-5888; email: .

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