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
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
$819,271 Tax Increase
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
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
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.
Festival a Success
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.
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
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
you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.