John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Volunteer to Serve on the Newtown Finance Committee

It is the mission of the Finance Committee, in cooperation with the Board of Supervisors and the Township Manager, to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors related to matters associated with finance, budgeting, debt service, investments and long-range planning. The Committee may perform such other functions as requested by the Board of Supervisors from time to time. The Finance Committee shall meet as need be, but at least quarterly, at a time and date to be published in the public meeting notices of Township meetings.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send a Letter of Interest and/or resume by February 15, 2018, to Olivia Kivenko, Administrative Assistant to the Township Manager, Newtown Township Administrative Offices, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA  18940, Fax:( 215) 968-5368 or email oliviak@newtownpa.gov

Find more details about the mission, residency requirements, term, and the powers and duties of this committee here.

Posted on 27 Jan 2018, 11:23 - Category: Finances



Rally for Democrats 2018

Turn local wins into state and federal wins!

JOIN US on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11th from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Temperance House, 5 South State Street, Newtown, PA

The Rally for Democrats 2018 is your chance to:

  • Learn how we plan to defeat Republican Representative Fitzpatrick and elect Democrats to the Pennsylvania House and Senate;
  • Meet and talk to our state and Congressional candidates;
  • Hear our newly-elected Democrat majorities in the Borough and Township outline their plans for responsible government;
  • Find out what you can do to help!

The Event is FREE, but Sponsors are welcomed:   $250,  $100, $50  (or any amount).

Agenda

  • Arrival and Registration (1 to 1:30 p.m.) - Enjoy complimentary beverages (cash bar available)
  • Presentations (1:45 to 2:20 p.m.) - Welcome; Newtown Democrats overview and "Thank You's"; how we won in 2017 and how we can win in 2018; Newtown Borough and Newtown Township key goals for 2018; how to advocate for our values and positions; and what YOU can do to help!
  • Keynote Speaker (2:20 to 2:30 p.m.) - Pennsylvania State Representative Perry Warren
  • Key 2018 Candidates (2:30 to 3:00 p.m.) - Introduction and statements from Pennsylvania House candidate Perry Warren, Pennsylvania State Senate candidate Steve Santarsiero, and U. S. Congressional candidates Steve Bacher, Rachel Reddick and Scott Wallace
  • Social Time (3:00 to 4:00 p.m.) - Converse with the candidates, talk with old and new friends, and enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages (cash bar available)

Only 150 seats are available for this event.
RSVP (on a first-come basis) IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM ATTEND YOUR ATTENDANCE.

Please RSVP via phone (215) 310-5007 or via email to NewtownDems@hotmail.com

 

Posted on 25 Jan 2018, 12:06 - Category: Voting



Police Chief Speaks About His 24/7 Drug Drop-Off Program

Newtown Township Police Chief Henry Pasqualini explains how his 24/7 drug drop-off program works and offers more details about the collection of drug overdose and Narcan use police call data in response to a question from Supervisor John Mack. His remarks were made at the January 10, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting.

I appreciate that the Chief's Call for Service Report (see below) now includes call numbers for overdoses and Narcan Use. Management guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying "you can't manage what you can't measure." So, these data are important.

As you may know, Mr. Resnikoff – Chief of Operations at the Squad – reported that the Squad’s response to opioid calls was up 58% in the first 8 months of 2017 compared to 2016 (for more on that, read "Newtown Ambulance Squad Seeks Additional Funding").

I’d just like to say one other thing related to this:

Pennsylvania Underestimates Death Due to Opioids by More Than Half! (Read about that here.) That’s the worst record of any state. It’s a disgrace that Chuck Kiessling - the president of the Pennsylvania Coroners Association - can’t tell us how many opioid overdose deaths the 67 members of his association handled last year. According to Mr. Kiessling, that data "isn’t going to impact the living." I’m here to say that those deaths matter and do have an impact on the living, especially the families of the victims.

 

Posted on 12 Jan 2018, 01:01 - Category: Opioid Epidemic



Newtown's "Volatile" Sources of Revenue

Ferguson Talks About Taxes at the January 10, 2018 BOS Meeting

For the benefit of "newbie" Township Supervisors John Mack and Linda Bobrin, Town Manager Kurt Ferguson discussed the "volatile" nature of the taxes the town depends upon to meet its expenses.


To sum up: Ferguson suggested that Newtown is unique in that it does NOT have a property tax (see below) and the lion share of it’s revenue sources depend upon “volatile taxes.” These taxes include resident and non-resident Earned Income Taxes (EIT), which account for about 54% of the yearly revenue. These are “volatile” because people may lose jobs and other municipalities may enact their own EIT. That means that Newtown can lose the taxes collected from residents of those municipalities who work in Newtown. This would have a "devastating effect" on the Town’s financial stability and credit rating.

The Truth About “Real Estate” Taxes

What’s often quoted as “Real Estate” tax millage of 3.50 is actually composed of a 0.875 Fire Tax millage plus a 2.625 Debt Service millage. This income does NOT go into the General Fund to cover ordinary/general ongoing expenses. The former goes into the Fire Protection Fund, which pays for the Fire Chief’s salary, health insurance, etc., and contribution to the Newtown Fire Association. The latter goes toward paying off loans for road improvements, etc. Other towns have a property tax that pays for the general expenses of running and maintaining a town.

Resident and non-resident EIT accounts for 54% of Newtown's annual revenue.

 

Posted on 11 Jan 2018, 01:38 - Category: Taxes



I Attend Steve Bacher's Campaign Launch in Newtown

Steve Bacher, a longtime environmentsal activist, launched his campaign for U.S. Congress at the Temperance House in Newtown on Saturday, January 6, 2018. I was there and had an opportunity to pose with Steve for a selfie, which was captured by Levittoown.com photographer Erich Martin (see below).

Photo by Erich Martin/Levittownnow.com

I particularly like Steve's views on the environment and the opioid crisis. I hope to interview him soon on my podcast show. Meanwhile, see the article below for more details.

Posted on 07 Jan 2018, 01:19 - Category: Friends and Colleagues



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