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happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress
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Week of March 23, 2015
Governor Wolf’s Fundamentally Flawed Tax Plan
taxpayersthatpay.com, Governor Wolf has presented a fundamentally flawed
plan that raises $8 Billion in new taxes when fully implemented but only
redistributes $3.6 Billion* of the new taxes to local property owners and
In the 48th Senate District, the Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's
Plan to Resident Taxpayers is: ($83,095,883). How
can this be called relief? The following is a breakdown for all school
districts in the 48th Senate District:
Central Dauphin SD - New Sales Tax & Personal Income Tax Paid by Resident
Taxpayers: $43,150,289; Property Tax/Rent Relief Returned to Resident Taxpayers
Under Gov. Wolf's Plan: $14,233,529; Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's Plan to Resident
Lower Dauphin SD - New Taxes: $14,651,985; Property Tax Relief: $4,115,745; Net
Middletown Area SD - New Taxes: $7,230,527; Property Tax Relief: $5,578,064; Net
Steelton-Highspire SD - New Taxes: $2,383,161; Property Tax Relief: $5,017,099;
Net Impact: $2,633,938
Annville-Cleona SD - New Sales Tax & Personal Income Tax Paid by Resident
Taxpayers: $4,550,967; Property Tax/Rent Relief Returned to Resident Taxpayers
Under Gov. Wolf's Plan: $2,498,886; Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's Plan to Resident
Cornwall-Lebanon SD - New Taxes: $15,228,329; Property Tax Relief: $7,377,468;
Net Impact: ($7,850,860)
Eastern Lebanon County SD - New Taxes: $8,109,334; Property Tax Relief:
$3,666,905; Net Impact: ($4,442,429)
Lebanon SD - New Taxes: $7,832,030; Property Tax Relief: $15,907,425; Net
North Lebanon SD - New Taxes: $6,862,232; Property Tax Relief: $3,432,574; Net
Palmyra Area SD - New Taxes: $10,957,886; Property Tax Relief: $5,548,797; Net
Central York SD - New Sales Tax & Personal Income Tax Paid by Resident
Taxpayers: $17,196,098; Property Tax/Rent Relief Returned to Resident Taxpayers
Under Gov. Wolf's Plan: $11,179,294; Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's Plan to Resident
Northeastern York SD - New Taxes: $9,257,585; Property Tax Relief: $10,122,676;
Net Impact: $865,091
West Shore SD - New Taxes: $30,272,430; Property Tax Relief: $6,787,156; Net
York Suburban SD - New Taxes: $11,147,031; Property Tax Relief: $5,298,715; Net
*Amount does not include $616 Million of property tax
relief fund currently distributed from gaming revenues.
March-April Community Report Cable Show: Lebanon
My March-April Cable Show features the
Lebanon Community Theatre. Learn about the history of the Theatre,
information on upcoming shows, and see my “audition” with the Kids Cabaret! You
can watch the link
here, or via my
Comcast on Demand (Lebanon), Harrisburg Broadcast Network
(Harrisburg, WHBG-20) and Blue Ridge Communications (York, Channel 8) should
also be airing the show now through the end of April.
Traffic Signal Project on U.S. 22 East of Fredericksburg
Begins March 23
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced work begins on March 23
to install new traffic signals and lengthen the eastbound U.S. 22 left-turn lane
at the Blue Mountain Road intersection east of Fredericksburg, Bethel Township,
The contract was awarded to Wyoming Electric & Signal, Inc.
of Luzerne County and work is scheduled to be completed this spring. Travelers
may encounter traffic lane restrictions in both directions on U.S. 22 near
Esther’s Restaurant and Redner’s Warehouse Market weekdays during daylight
hours. This section of U.S. 22, also known as William Penn Highway, averages
8,900 vehicles traveled daily.
Bridge Replacement to Close Route 341 in Upper Lawn,
PennDOT also announced the single-lane bridge that carries Route 341 over
the Little Conewago Creek in South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County will
close on March 23 for up to 166 days. Initially crews will place erosion and
sediment control devices, install a stream diversion dike system and prepare to
demolish the existing structure.
The contract to replace the bridge was awarded to Deblin,
Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, and includes roadway approach
reconstruction, guiderail updates and replacement of the existing structure with
a new two-lane bridge that will carry Route 341 over the Little Conewago Creek
between Lawn Road and the intersection of Colebrook Road and Gingrich Road in
North Hills Road Ramp to I-83 North, York County, Closed
PennDOT will also resume work on March 23 to widen North Hills Road at the
intersection of Route 462, Market Street, east of the City of York near
Interstate 83 Exit 19 in Springettsbury Township, York County.
The contract was awarded to J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Chester
County and includes widening the North Hills Road ramp to I-83 North; widening
the northbound I-83 Exit 19 ramp for Route 462, Market Street, to provide two
through lanes for North Hills Road; and widening North Hills Road to provide two
lanes northbound and one lane southbound.
PennDOT advises travelers starting March 23 at 7:00 a.m.
the ramp from North Hills Road to I-83 North will be closed for up to seven
days. A detour which follows U.S. 30 to I-83 North will be in place. All
construction on this project is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.
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