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PASD Raising School Taxes 5.91%

The Phoenixville Area School District just released their budget for the 2008-2009 school year and it isn't pretty. It calls for an increase of 5.91% which equates to $1.44 for everything thousand dollars your home is assessed for. That means the average home owner (whose home is assessed at $116k), will see a $169 increase in their school tax bill for the upcoming year.

The good news is that approved Homestead/Farmstead property owners will be receiving ~ $164 from the state thanks to gaming revenues to help offset this increase.

Source: The Phoenix

Comments

Anonymous said…
I would love to know when the County is going to do away with their antiquated income assessment based upon your job title. Not your tax returns or your pay stub, your stinkin' job title!!!

My husband makes more money than me, but is assessed a lower dollar amount. I've tried to appeal my bill, but to no avail!

I don't mind paying more based upon my salary or home assessment, but my title means nothing--except to the folks at the Chester County Department of Education.
Just part of the great plan to keep PASD at the highest per-pupil cost in Chester County.
Anonymous said…
This has nothing to do with the school taxes, but I do not know where else to ask without calling the Borough. My husband and I just bought a home in the borough and we cannot get over how loud the motorcycles are that go in front of our house. There has to be some law against this. I know that they do not HAVE to be this loud.

Any help?
Anonymous said…
In answer to your question about the motorcycles... Yes, there is a law but unfortunately it is not enforced. I have lived in this borough my whole life (over 30 years) and no one has ever bothered to enforce it. Same with the barking dog law and several others that fail to be enforced.

Although, if you are part of the council or know someone in the council, then you could probably have something done about it.

As for the school taxes... It is not suprising that they are going up AGAIN. That seems to be the norm in this town. Are they being raised again for that new middle school we are supposed to have built? How's that land coming along?
Anonymous said…
Thanks anonymous 10:59 : )
Anonymous said…
The problem with the motorcycle law is not that the police department ignores the enforcement--it's an ordinance that is nearly impossible to enforce.

Picture the scenario, loud bike travels down your street, causing a disruption, you call police to report it. Police arrive at the location of the reported incident, no disruption to be found--unless you follow the motorcycle, you have no idea the direction/route they are traveling (and neither do the police).

I agree, it's disruptive, but it is a brief interruption. (it happens on my block all the time--and I think you might be near me) Now, if the person is idling outside of your home, just go out there and politely ask them to refrain from revving their bikes. Take care of it yourself.

Police departments weren't created to play referee between neighbors...take matters into your own hands and speak to the motorcyclist from adult to another adult.
Anonymous said…
Luckily, the motorcycle noise has died down....phew.

I understand that it is hard to enforce such laws, but I have lived in communities where, when enough neighbors have complained, the police will patrol that area for an amount of time and then pull over people. I wasn't sure if this was something PXV did.

Thanks again!

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