AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE’S THE MONEY COMING FROM?

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ONE “NO” ALL NIGHT!

LEAD, A DORMER & A SCULPTURE

     LNP’s reporter Tim Stuhldreher was at both Monday’s City Council Committee Meeting and last night’s City Council meeting. Where are his reports?  I thought LNP was in the news business?
     Some notable other events from last night’s meeting:
—   The city received an award of $9.7 million from the state for lead remediation. Mayor Sorace said it will be used on 710 units over the next five years.
—   Council voted to make October LGBTQ+ History Month.
—  Mayor Sorace gave a proclamation making this Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Soto

Soto

—   City Council voted to overturn the Historic Commission thus allowing the owner of 316 West Chestnut Street to use synthetic material on his third floor dormer. The only “No” vote of the entire meeting came on this issue from councilman Pete Soto who also voted against the last dormer/synthetic material issue. And to Catherine Peck, who came to complain again last night, if you’ve been on the Historic Commission Board for 12 years, it’s time for you to go. I still want to know how LNP was allowed to tear down three buildings for their Marriott Expansion.
—  Council voted to give the “Fallen Firefighter” sculpture to retired City Firefighter Clyde Snyder and said it will be placed outside of Clipper Stadium. Snyder was the model for the sculpture when it was made. Mayor Sorace said at Monday’s meeting that the city valued its worth at less than one thousand dollars.
—  And, of course, as noted this morning council voted to hire PFM Group to study the city finances. There was no question they would. Patrick Hopkins said at Monday’s meeting they already had plans to get together and get to work. That was before council’s approval but did anyone ever doubt council would  approve it? There will be more on that to come.

COUNCIL HIRES
FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

      Mayor Sorace told city council last night that the city is not in financial distress but the city has raised property taxes eight of the last 14 years and she stated that is not sustainable.
     That is not what she told city council in May when the city entered a state program for distressed cities and put of Request for Proposals for a financial consultant to review city finances.
     Council agreed to hire the PFM Group at a cost of $124,975 last night. They expect to receive the report in February.
     In an extremely strange twist, both council financial chair Chris Ballentine and Patrick Hopkins were absent from last night’s meeting.
Please check back later today.

13 Responses to AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE’S THE MONEY COMING FROM?

  1. Actually There says:

    Patrick was at the meeting, he just didn’t address council. He was even mentioned at one point when once of the Council members asked if he had anything to add, which he said from the audience that he did not.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How about rescinding all the tax free status properties in Lancaster? Including churches.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh well, if mayor Dickina says so…..

    • Anonymous says:

      Sadly, some young person will come to this site looking for information and you’ll steer them in a wrong direction by blaming the fictional mayor Dickana instead of naming names.

      • Anonymous says:

        Everyone knows Dickana is the mayor already!!! Youre always the only one bothered by it. Shes not fictional. Shes real and thats what we named her. She was under Dicks (old mayor) wings and handles everything just like him thats why shes named Dickana. Get it and understand that already. Also to the fictional young person you mentioned.

  4. Brickerville Resident says:

    Did anyone check the credibility of PFM Group ?

    I quickly did a google search – and i don’t see any proof that this company has experience in this type of report. They look like more of an asset management company.

    I hope i’m wrong.

  5. my goodness says:

    More consultant fees!!! Whatever happened with the walk about guy? I don’t see any better walking conditions in the city. How is MAW coming along? How much are they raising the taxes now? How many more “fees” can they conjure up?

    • Anonymous says:

      Those are great questions to ask at a city council meeting.

      • Anonymous says:

        City council will just ignore you. I’d love to be proven incorrect but is there actually anyone on council who is concerned/receptive to resident complaints concerning city spending and corresponding tax increases? I don’t thinkg there’s really enough residents in the city who care about this either.

        I think the problem is there is not enough middle class who choose to live in the city. There is a significant poor population who believe housing prices are being driven up by gentrification moreso than city spending habits, and maybe it is, but city spending habits surely don’t help. And then you have the trendy rich who live downtown for primarily ideological reasons and have enough money to care less if their real estate bill is $8000 or $15000 as long as they can share NYT articles about the delicous food at Luca with the caption “Proud to call Lancaster my home.”

        • Anonymous says:

          Your saying the Democrats on city council don’t listen to their constituents?!
          Any data to support your claims about the trendy rich?
          Seems like a lot of finger pointing and not a lot of actionability.

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m saying I am not aware of any city council member who will listen, take seriously and engage in any conversation with constituents who have concerns over nonsense city spending contributing to untenable property taxes for middle class homeowners that will push them to the suburbs.

            And I’m saying I don’t think there’s that many city homeowners who care to push the issue with council because they are either poor and have other more immediately pressing problems or are too rich to have any need to care.

            If you know a council member who would discuss and take seriously all the nonsense spending “my goodness” listed name them. I’m game to send them some messages and report back if I get a response.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hah, I’m can’t wait to see what level of spin LNP takes on this.