New Hope Borough expands discrimination ordinance
The New Hope Borough Council unanimously approved modifications to Chapter 129 of the borough code that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and places of public accommodation. The changes expand the current protection from discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity and also rename the borough Conciliation Council to be the Commission of Human Relations. The Commission will be responsible for mediating conflicts on the local level, at the expense of the parties involved. The proceedings will not fall under the Sunshine Law and therefore the documents will not be made public. Conflicts may still be resolved at the state and local levels if desired by the residents.
Source: New Hope Gazette; 5/18/2011
Commissioners debut ‘Life in Bucks County – An Area Guide’
The Bucks County Board of Commissioners has released “Life in Bucks County, Pennsylvania,” an area guide to Bucks County government, the arts, shopping, recreation, healthcare, education and more. Click here to view the publication.
Council Rock final budget awaits outcome of state budget debate
The Council Rock School District preliminary budget for 2011-12 includes a 1.4 percent tax increase needed to fill a $1.9 million budget gap. However, the budget is based on numbers provided in Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget. The state House recently passed a budget that would include $2.5 million in additional revenue from the state. The additional funding would allow the district to replenish some “rainy day” fund balances and pass a final budget with no tax increase. Council Rock administrators have managed to close a $14.2 million budget gap, brought on by stagnant revenues and over $1.2 million in lost real estate taxes due to property reassessments, as well as a $3.7 million reduction in revenue from the state. Expense reductions include a one-year salary freeze and using $4 million from fund balance savings to balance the budget.
Source: The Advance; 5/30/2011
Joint airport authority a consideration in Montco & Bucks
The Bucks County Airport Authority and Montgomery County Commissioners recently discussed a possible partnership if a decision is made by the Horsham Land Reuse Authority to retain use of the runway at the closing Willow Grove Naval Air Station. Montgomery County and the Bucks County Airport Authority both submitted proposals to keep the runway open for unscheduled commercial and corporate flights. Horsham officials and area residents strongly oppose future use of the runway but county officials from Bucks and Montgomery believe that the runway is a regional asset that would be impossible to recreate.
Source: Willow Grove Guide; 5/31/2011
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