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      Lancaster’s City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program enjoyed a windfall in 2018, receiving about $6.4 million in revenue.
      The 70 percent increase was well above what local officials had expected.
     The money comes from eligible state and local taxes paid by businesses in the CRIZ zone, and any that’s unused goes back to the state. So, last week the CRIZ authority allocated all of it.
From the LNP article, “Lancaster CRIZ authority’s $6.4M goes to Lancaster Square projects, stadium, etc.” (click here).     
     So the CRIZ board just decided to be “nice” and hand out $6.4 million including $531,183 more to LNP for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. I will wait for their application for that additional money I requested in my Right to Know yesterday and then I will be writing every member of the state CRIZ Board, the governor, the attorney general and the Ethics Commission and urge you to do the same.
     This is corruption at the highest levels! This is unimaginable!
     Hey, maybe the Caucus reporters could investigate this because they state they are: “Casting light on Pa. government waste and fraud through relentless, independent investigative reporting.”
     Oops, silly me! They are owned by LNP!
     There will be much more tomorrow.


**   This was just posted on the Manheim Township Police Department’s Crime Watch page (click here):

From Chief Rudzinski:

     During the early morning hours of October 27, 2018, officers from the Manheim Township Police Department responded to a one-vehicle crash in the 400 Block of Buch Avenue where a vehicle had left the road and then struck a fence and a tree. The officers recognized the driver of the vehicle as Matthew Bender, who is employed by Manheim Township as a police officer, but was off-duty and in his personal vehicle. Due to the circumstances of the crash, the Pennsylvania State Police were requested to conduct the investigation which ultimately led to DUI charges being filed against Bender.

     I cannot comment on the details of the crash investigation because we are not the investigating agency.

     Officer Bender was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the results of both the criminal and an internal investigation. Bender not only has rights under the criminal justice system, but he also has employment rights as well. As a result, I cannot comment on the outcome of the internal investigation, which is a personnel matter.

     I can assure the community that I did not take this matter lightly. This Department maintains a zero-tolerance approach to employees who are involved in violations of the law. Our officers are expected to set the standard and be the example for everyone else. The Manheim Township Police Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities which we serve, and our employees do an exceptional job on a daily basis to keep all of us safe.


*     I was sent this letter from the state regarding Lancaster’s plan to use the CRIZ for small businesses that was mentioned here yesterday afternoon (thank you!).



     In a very long 2019 budget presentation at the city council committee meeting last night, Patrick Hopkins presented this slide. Do you know what is missing from this slide regarding large projects partially funded by the CRIZ and providing new tax revenues for the city?
     LNP’s Marriott Hotel and expansion because they are not on the tax-rolls! Unbelievable corruption and theft by LNP!
You can watch the entire meeting here and please check back later today.


  1. Lang Kisster says:

    This probably won’t appear in the big P so here it is. Elect a Mayor Dick clone, get Mayor Dick results!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Did you catch at ~46 min that the city sounds like they lost their battle with Park City for Stormwater fees?

  3. Anonymous says:

    As said in an earlier post, not only are small businesses taxes and other monies going out of their pockets and into CRIZ coffers,it then gets siphoned to the pet projects of the LNP, PSP and other favorited for profits. The small businesses, some who have to compete with the well funded behemoths are in effect paying their competitors and losing business.

    The paperwork that they were required to fill out under penalty of law for many had to be farmed out because of complexity and lack of time to complete it. More money out of small business pockets. This whole charade drove my friend’s business out of the city because they reached the end of their patience. They are up and running elsewhere and doing just fine.

    Did the powers at the state level create this to frustrate the businesses that got screwed? What kind of pro business stance is that? And small businesses are the true heartbeat of a smaller city like Lancaster. Just look at Lancaster Square versus businesses that have been there for ages. Why not give the little guys the money to expand and grow? Instead of propping up money pits owned by people who need to put their money where their maws are.

    And, just what is planned for the old library if they build a new one?

  4. Ohwellist says:

    I just saw some of that vid of c.c meeting did you all notice how she kept interupting the man talking about his taxes going up and how long it will take for mayor to get them out the city and his female neighbor. Mayor didnt want to hear it at all while patrick stood at podium clenching his buns tighter and tighter at each comment from them lol y’all know damn well the tax hike is going into steinmans pockets smh

  5. Anonymous says:


    So the State didn’t say at all that CRIZ money can’t be assigned to small business projects which is what I had understood the LNP article alluding too.

    My understanding based on a brief read through is that the state doesn’t want a revolving debt fund that allows the Lancaster CRIZ board to dole out CRIZ monies at will with NO state oversight.

    I agree with the state. This was just a lame attempt to run around the rules and have more ability to dole money to those in the “in-crowd.”

    They need to do the real work of assisting small businesses in having the their projects approved by the State.

  6. huh? says:

    I’ve wanted to post this for some time but kept forgetting


    the jaws or throat of a voracious animal.
    “a gigantic wolfhound with a fearful, gaping maw”
    the mouth or gullet of a greedy person.
    “I was cramming large pieces of toast and cheese down my maw”
    synonyms:mouth, jaws, muzzle, throat, gullet

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