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*    I have to re-run this because it is so apropos today. On March 21, 2017, I ran the below photo with the headline, “IS THIS THE EXACT MOMENT WHEN SOMEONE ASKED FOR THEIR ETHICS CODE?” (click here for the original).


5-30-19 UPDATE

5-30-19 – UPDATE I am waiting for LNP to tell the public the city of Lancaster is in a financial crisis. LNP has been so busy over the last decade backing politicians who gave them millions of dollars for their convention center/Marriott Hotel and telling people how Lancaster is so much better in so many ways than Reading or York!
      And, of course, it’s not good for their tax-free Marriott Hotel business to have the city in financial distress. Will this slow down the convention business? And LNP has for years told the public that everything was great when they should have been holding these public officials accountable and warning the public that the spending was not sustainable.
     Now, it has all come to a head. When will LNP tell the public and how will they spin this? 


     When is LNP going to inform the public? There must be an awful lot of closed door meetings going on at 8 W. King Street today! This is absurd. Let the public know, LNP! It’s important news!
     This email in (thank you and I did confirm that the writer is a CPA):
Hi Becky
I am not sure how I found your site but I look almost every day for the next items of interest. I am a CPA and always laugh when governments get in financial trouble and mayor and Board who are supposed to propose fixes or cures go out for an RFP for someone to tell them what is wrong. Very seldom is it money well spent.
     There will be much more tomorrow.

—   Oh, and James Reichenbach and Mayor Sorace, you do not give a $10.3 million dollar tax break to LNP!
         Former Mayor Art Morris has taken down his website but you can still read his letter to NewsLanc.com (click here).

—  OMG! This post just went up on the city’s Facebook page. Talk about deflection! Skip over the financial crisis part of Mayor Sorace’s report at 41:00 and skip to 50:23! OMG!

—   From an LNP editorial on January 4, 2018 (click here):—   Listen up Mr. Reichenbach and Mayor Sorace – the city doesn’t give $3 million dollars to a company and then follow-up and give them a $1.5 million dollar loan when the company’s assets are a building in Reading valued at $89,000. Do you understand that concept, Mr. Reichenbach and Mayor Sorace? That’s not a good or wise business move!

**** Council President James Reichenbach spoke briefly after the mayor and thanked the mayor for her “leadership” and said, “we have played by every rule.” That’s a lie, Reichenbach!

***   LNP was there last night! That’s LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher sitting in the photo below with his computer taking notes. LNP must be trying to figure out how to put a good spin on this. After all, they’ve been telling Lancastrians everything is just wonderful for years while happily taking millions in public money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel!
     Again the link to the video is here and Mayor Sorace begins her report at 41:00 into the tape.

**   Act 47 is a state oversight program for “financially distressed” cities in Pennsylvania. The state tries to help cities turn around their finances and operations. The name comes from the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47 of 1987).

*    Mayor Sorace told council that Lancaster is taking steps to enter the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development early intervention program. She said many see this as a precursor to Act 47. She said Lancaster is “no where near” Act 47.



      Mayor Sorace told city council tonight that the city is close to financial disaster and she loses sleep over the 2020-2021 budget (click here for the mayor’s report which is at the end of the meeting). This is extremely serious – and what is the city doing – putting out a RFP to hire a consultant!
Please check back later today for updates on this very serious developing story.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Anon: He is stil l
    is sexist and I dont argue with idiots. But thx for your time

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Emrick: Nobody said anything about “domestic violence” except you. It is possible, and probable, that a women will be assaulted by a man she doesn’t know. The reverse: That a man will be assaulted by a woman, known or unknown to him, sexually or otherwise, is statistically negligible. But you “personally don’t believe its societies (sic) responsibility” to provide social services to victim’s of “DV”. Most of those victims are women, too. Is there something wrong with you? And when men quit controlling women’s paychecks by paying them far less than their male counterparts, which comes back to bite women in the ass in their retirement, if not sooner in life, we might be able to have an intelligent discussion. But, even then, I seriously doubt it.

    • Anon says:

      Actually, it was an Anonymous, possibly you, that mentioned battered women first and he responded. Now you are spinning off topic and bringing up completely irrelevant stuff days later. Move on, just saying….doesn’t even look like he is reading what you write anymore…..

  3. my goodness says:

    And to solve Lancaster’s financial woes we will hire an overpriced, out of area consultant and blame the state, SMH !! Perfect solution. And people, these new water meters ain’t free.

    • Anonymous says:

      The water meters definitively are not free. They were a major justification for lancity connect…

  4. Anon says:

    Correction: Make that 2.83%.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m actually kind of relieved about this, as it could have been a lot worse. Since reassesments require the millage to be adjusted to keep flat revenue there has to be periodic property tax increases to keep up with inflation and keep spending “flat”. Ideally the increases would be closer to 2%, but at least the school board is trying.

      I think the city’s increase last year was over 10%. and they are projecting that level of increase year over year.

  5. Anon says:

    Oh…and your school property taxes just went up 2.3%. Republican, democrat, doesnt matter. ALL CORRUPT IDIOTS…

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually It’s an all Democrats school board. In all Democrat city council with the socialist chief of staff and a Democrat mayor.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Emrick: Lancaster’s “rape crisis center” is run by the Y. Call it after hours and you get a circuitous route to nowhere. But you can always “leave a message”. As for homeless
    people, cops just kill them. End of story.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s simply not true that cops kill homeless people you’re making things up. There’s 211 ,Water St., Mission, Tabor plenty of resources. I don’t feel like it’s societies role to provide any of those, But to say they don’t exist as a lie.

  7. green dragon says:

    Mr. Emrick , for the sake of accuracy your tax and spend comment misses the mark as to the Con Center. Republican Gib Armstrog and his cabal were some of the biggest supporters of the Con Center and the now needs a bailout Baseball field. I’m not a member of either party but simplistic statements that aren’t factual do nothing for the debate. Seems neither party is fiscally responsible. While Republicans like to cut taxes, they don’t seem to interested in actually cutting expenditures., which always leads to a deficit as is happening right now. Just sayin’

    • huh? says:

      I would like to add that I don’t think you’ll find a democrat in LNP management or a Steinman who is anything other than a rock ribbed republican or any of High Steel or High Construction. And combined that cabal has successfully​ sucked every corporate welfare million available.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Emrick, I assume you have never been raped on a weekend or a battered woman with no place to go and no money, looking for shelter at the last minute. Try it sometime.

    • Mike emrick says:

      Domestic violence shelters, Clare House, YWCA – seem to be a few agencies who offer services in Lancaster Co to the population you described.
      While my beliefs are that it’s not societies responsibility to provide money to someone who experiences DV, to say there are no social services just isn’t true. Assumptions are not good. Lastly, I prefer not to “try it” – getting raped on a weekend.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I believe it was this site I wrote into ten years ago and said that the entire economy of Lancaster County is a house of cards because it is built on (and around) a lie – the Amish. I also said the convention center would lose money from day one. Lancaster County (and city) are based around a tourism industry that just, plain, doesn’t exist. There is no reason to visit here – and there never will be. The implosion I predicted – as I likened LC to “South of the Border”, a place to stop and get gas and a quick bite to eat on the way to somewhere else – has been unfolding before our eyes ever since. We have the worst water and air in the country, the worst roads in the state, (with newly painted lines for bicycles!), huge crime and homelessness with little or no social services, some of the highest property tax rates in PA, and the list goes on and on. Sorace, as I also said, is in over her head, the delineation between the haves and the have-nots is a wide open gorge and so much financial damage has already been done by elected officials in the city and the largest township – Manor – that the implosion is bigger than all of you and the destruction is final. Sorry to tell you all of this. There, simply, is no reason to live, work, or play in Lancaster County. None.

    • Mike emrick says:

      Agree with some of what you say however, Lancaster is a hot bed for social services. Last count there were close to 800 non-profits. Services are there for those who wish to use them.

    • Anonymous says:

      I recall there were at least two very costly analysis reports saying the Con would be a failure. Lancaster’s Mayor Dick’s answered with something along the lines of: “Frankly, that’s just nonsense.” Nothing else. Almost the exact same response he gave when Lancaster was on the 100 worst cities in America.

  10. huh? says:

    As predicted, there’s no more lipstick for the pig.

  11. Ellen Pea says:

    I really think the entire county should be in on electing the leadership of Lancaster. After all. It’s our wallets that have to prop up that sh*tty authentic. Great job Mayor Dickina!

  12. Mike emrick says:

    The Democratic mantra; spend, spend, spend. I don’t assume these people care about the best interest of the citizens who elected them. I think it’s funny that the electors got what they wanted, and now cry ‘poor me.’

  13. Ohwellist says:

    A lot of us knew this was coming. It really is no surprise. Their budgeting & planning was horrible. Also their presentation of budgets to the public was poorly done. Now adding this lawyer to take on issues at his bogus costs, its ridiculous.

    • Anonymous says:

      Remember when they presented the budget over beers at Tellus? It all seems like a big joke to them.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is really disapointing to hear, especially with all the ra-ra-raing they do around budget time. It’s not unsurprising though, her administration has been spending money like crazy.

    Building two new firestations simultaneously.
    Building new public works building at same time as fire stations. All new trucks and vehicles.
    Personally saving the earth from global warming.
    Millions wasted on lancity connect and associated legal bills.
    Huge capital expenditures on safety coalition cameras.
    Major changes to roadways and streets via unnecessary two-way conversions and bike lanes, that significantly complicate and cause road repair costs to skyrocket.
    Hiring whole new departments (neighborhood engagement).
    The EPA consent decree that was never taken seriously enough.

    Maybe she will be so overly stressed she won’t run for re-election, but more likely she is stressed just enough to deserve a major salary increase.

  15. my goodness says:

    Inevitable and no surprise whatsoever. This city has been financially (amongst many other areas) irresponsible since the inception con center. Time to pay the piper approaching rapidly. Unfortunately, it is we the taxpayers that have no say regarding what goes on in Lancaster that are going to be the ones paying.

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