Bucks County population rises 4 percent
The recently released 2010 U.S. Census figures show a 4 percent increase in Bucks County’s population. Bedminster, Ivyland, Langhorne Manor, Warrington and Richland saw their populations increase by 25 percent or more, with Langhorne, Morrisville, Durham and Silverdale all losing residents. The total growth for the county was about 24,000 less than initial projections from the county planning commission. The slower growth rate is being attributed to the recent housing and economic downturn. The population and municipal growth trends are important to the county planning commission, which uses the information to anticipate future transportation, infrastructure and recreational needs for the county.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 3/14/2011
Central Bucks struggles with revenue losses
The Central Bucks School District is facing a $12 million loss in revenue for the upcoming 2011-12 budget. Gov. Corbett’s proposed state budget would result in $5.4 million of the total revenue loss, with another $4.5 million lost to property reassessments and an additional $2 million cut from the state transportation subsidy. The school district recently refinanced its debt, which cut expenses by $1.5 million, but still has a $6.2 million deficit to fill. The district plans on using $5.6 million from reserves to fill the gap but will still need to reduce $600,000 in expenses. The district business manager cautioned that the district cannot continue to sustain the budget by pulling money from reserves to plug revenue losses.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 3/23/2011
Newtown Creek Coalition to hold open meeting
The Newtown Creek Coalition will hold a special meeting on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at the Chancellor Center in Newtown Borough. The public is encouraged to attend to share ideas on moving from a vision to a plan of action for the creek, which runs from Wrightstown Township south through Newtown Township and Newtown Borough into Middletown Township. Newtown Borough recently updated its comprehensive plan which supports creek management and beautification.
Source: Advance of Bucks County; 3/24/2011
County may change open space funding rule
The Bucks County Open Space Review Board is considering a change to a rule governing the $26 million Municipal Open Space Program as it pertains to pedestrian trail improvements. Currently, towns may apply for grants to improve trail projects only if it is on land that the municipality has acquired outright. Several Bucks municipalities have asked for money to build trails on an established easement on private property. The open space review board will consider the idea and decide whether to recommend it to the commissioners.
Source: The Intelligencer; 3/23/2011