Better late than never
10/31/2013 01:25PM ● Published by ACL
By Uncle Irvin
Records of the annual report of the Bayard Taylor Library indicate that the library, which is growing and in need of larger facilities, counts heavily on per capita funding from municipalities to fund its services.
According to the Oct. 16 issue of the Chester County Press, the most generous and farsighted supervisors are from Kennett Township and East Marlborough Township. Most of the supervisors in the municipalities in the Bayard Taylor service area, though, are less generous.
The per capita contributions of Pennsbury, Newlin, Pocopson, and West Marlborough are way too low. However, the worst offender for years has been New Garden Township.
While 18 percent of New Garden residents have a Bayard Taylor Library card, the township supervisors contribute a paltry 87 cents per capita. This is particularly disappointing because New Garden is the largest, and one of the most affluent, townships in the area.
However, the current board of supervisors appears ready to change the township policy. They have voted to place a referendum on the 2014 primary ballot to authorize a dedicated per capita tax.
If the referendum is accepted, New Garden's dedicated tax should bring in at least $15/per capita to be on a parity with Kennett and East Marlborough per capital tax.
Sarro for supervisor
Believe it or not, there is a contest for supervisor in East Marlborough Township, where Uncle Irvin resides.
Voters should support businessman John Sarro and his running mate, incumbent Richard Hannum, Jr., for the two open seats. Sarro has a stellar record of community service and would be a welcome addition.