Two issues facing Red Hill Borough have the usually harmonious council divided. Red Hill Borough Council discussed a new tax and the upcoming trash bid at its Sept. 14 regular meeting.
Solicitor Mark Hosterman presented resolution 2016-525, which will repeal the current occupational privilege tax (OPT) and enact a local services tax (LST).
The new tax will be $52 per year divided over payrolls, and will generate $22,000 per year compared to the $5,000 generated by the OPT, which consists of an annual deduction of $10 from an employee's paycheck. The $52 is the maximum permitted for the LST. The funds will go to support emergency services in the community.
Council member Larry Morton voted no on the resolution, stating that he had opposed it before and that he did not want a new tax....
With half of the region under a state drought watch, Monday's rainfall was a welcome relief. But the approximately one-inch of rain that fell earlier this week did little to bring numbers up to their average levels, and the effects on our region's farmers could be significant.
As of last week, the state Department of Environmental Protection declared a drought watch in 34 counties throughout the commonwealth, including Berks and Lehigh counties. In Berks and Lehigh counties, the "watch" status was triggered by below normal streamflow and low soil moisture. Montgomery and Bucks counties are not experiencing potential drought conditions, according to DEP.
Still, rainfall levels are well below average and no significant rainfall is predicted in the near future. Kevin Crilley, an educational educator with the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails and Historic Sites, monitors local weather conditions independently through CoCoRaHS, a nationwide group of volunteers who collect precipitation information in their communities....