Skip to main content

Former Franklin supervisor shouldn't be complaining about high tax rates

10/04/2013 05:07PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print, Opinion



Letter to the Editor:

For years, former Franklin Township supervisor Dick Whipple has written and distributed an electronic newsletter titled "Franklin Twp. Update." Recently, Mr. Whipple has complained and expressed outrage at the high tax rates in Franklin Township. Does Mr. Whipple think we forget that he presided over the Franklin Township Board of Supervisors for years and repeatedly voted for higher taxes and is directly responsible for the current Franklin Township tax rates?

Franklin's current real estate tax rate of 3.083 mills has been in effect since 2008 when Mr. Whipple was Chairman of the Franklin Township Board of Supervisors.

In 2005, he voted to impose a .5 percent Earned Income Tax (EIT) on residents. Although this tax was supposed to sunset at the end of 2007, he voted to continue imposing this tax on residents.

In 2011, when the Franklin Township Board of Supervisors wanted to double the current EIT, he used his newsletter to lobby aggressively in support of the tax increase.

The facts remain that it was Whipple, as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Supervisors, who voted for the current tax structure in Franklin Township. His selective amnesia about his track record of higher taxes can’t be whitewashed by his email propaganda campaign.

It is beyond hypocritical for Whipple to feign outrage at the current tax rates for which he is responsible. If he had gotten his way in the last election, tax rates would be higher than they already are.

Whipple is not an honest broker of township information and he uses his newsletter to try and fool residents in order to advance his personal agenda.

 

Jeffrey Schenk

Franklin Township


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



budget franklin township franklin township board of supervisors taxes


You might also like

Dinniman announces recycling grant for Franklin Township

State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that Franklin Township will receive $3,073 in state funding to support its recycling efforts.

Supervisors hear about speeding on Old School House Road

The problem of speeding along Old School House Road was the focus of debate at the supervisors meeting on July 16.

  • Mohican BBC of Kennett Square vs Milford BBC

    04/26/2015
    01:00pm — 05:00am

    Catch living history as the Mohican Base Ball Club (Mohican BBC) of Kennett Square play a match o...


  • Annual Wildflower Celebration

    04/26/2015
    10:00am — 04:00pm

    Stroll through our exquisite woodland gardens and enjoy gardening demonstrations, family fun acti...


  • Avondale Farmers Market & Open House

    04/26/2015
    11:00am — 05:00pm

    Sundays Family Community Neighborhood Music Growers Crafters Bread Vegetables Fruits Market.Grand...


  • Planting Party

    04/26/2015
    12:00pm — 06:00pm

    Join us for our First Farm Party of the Season Wine tastings, live music, food, vendors and mor...


  • Planting Party

    04/26/2015
    12:00pm — 06:00pm

    Join us for our First Farm Party of the Season Wine tastings, live music, food, vendors and mor...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Terrific Trilliums

    04/30/2015
    09:30am — 11:30am

    Explore the enchanting world of trilliums. Join us for an informative presentation and a magical ...


  • Native Plants for Native Pollinators

    04/30/2015
    07:00pm — 09:00pm

    Join us at Newlin Grist Mill to learn about a wide range of native plants flowering from late spr...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Fairville Fun Fair

    05/02/2015
    11:00am — 03:00pm

    Join us for a day of fun with your young children—pony rides, treasure hunts, moon bounce, cookie...


  • WHITE CANE DAY

    05/02/2015
    08:00am — 12:00pm

    MEMBERS OF THE OXFORD LIONS CLUB WILL ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS ON WHITE CANE DAY. SATURDAY MAY 2...


  • WHITE CANE DAY

    05/02/2015
    08:00am — 12:00pm

    MEMBERS OF THE OXFORD LIONS CLUB WILL ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS ON WHITE CANE DAY. SATURDAY MAY 2...


  • Famous Chicken BBQ

    05/09/2015
    01:30pm — 04:30pm

    Landenberg Church Chicken BBQ Sat. May 9, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dinner: half chicken, baked potato...


  • Famous Chicken BBQ

    05/09/2015
    01:30pm — 04:30pm

    Landenberg Church Chicken BBQ Sat. May 9, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dinner: half chicken, baked potato...


  • Famous Chicken BBQ

    05/09/2015
    01:30pm — 04:30pm

    Landenberg Church Chicken BBQ Sat. May 9, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dinner: half chicken, baked potato...


Chester County High School Sports