Penn Township approves budget with no tax increase
By Nancy Johnson
At their Dec. 10 meeting, the Penn Township Board of Supervisors approved a 2015 budget with no tax increase. This is the 18th straight year in which residents saw no tax increase -- a point of pride with township officials.
Looking at their goals for the upcoming year, the supervisors formalized the start of revising the township’s zoning and subdivision ordinances to eliminate numerous contradictions. They expect this project to take about a year and a half to complete.
In anticipation of the extra work that will result, the supervisors agreed to revise their meeting schedule to add a second meeting in January, February, March, April, September, and October.
McCormick Taylor, the engineers for the township, completed a concept drawing for improving the highly congested Route 796 and Baltimore Pike intersection. The drawing was requested by PennDOT since Penn is seeking a grant for the project. Supervisors chairman Curtis Mason noted that both State Rep. John Lawrence and State Sen. Andy Dinniman are actively working on funding for the extensive intersection redesign.
In other business, the supervisors approved a change to the Jennersville Medical Building project currently under way adjacent to the routes 1 and 796 intersection. The third floor community room planned for the building will be eliminated due to concerns about soil stability supporting the weight.