But the Press did not correct its most obvious error. It did not get the local supervisor candidate’s name right. Who the heck is Scott Dietrich, anyway? He might be upset!
It’s not like the names are too hard, both candidates for Lynn Township Supervisor have the same last name, Feinour.
With the absentee Morning Call and an incompetent local paper, - all the more reason that Lynn Township should follow its own promise to be more open.
Yes folks, it’s now been a full year since the Township promised to stream its public meetings on the Internet! Guess that promise isn't going to happen soon! Burry major rezoning in a pending 500-page codification - you’d never know unless you came to the meeting yourself, but that's a whole other story!
This week’s Press correction concerned the Township budget. The expected surplus for 2013 approaches 180K, not 60K as was reported. That is, if the Board does not piss some of the 180K away on glossy plans and other things, which they’d be sure not to follow anyway.
Here are the Township’s audited numbers for the last 12 years.
2001- REVENUE=1,197,208; EXPENDITURES=1,157,512 - IN THE BLACK $39,696.
2002- REVENUE=1,459,542; EXPENDITURES=1,247,357 - IN THE BLACK $212,185.
2003- REVENUE=1,146,024; EXPENDITURES=1,029,136 - IN THE BLACK $116,888.
2004- REVENUE=1,562,277; EXPENDITURES=1,534,401 - IN THE BLACK $27,876.
2005- REVENUE=1,332,050; EXPENDITURES=1,263,278 - IN THE BLACK $68,772.
2006- REVENUE=1,459,730; EXPENDITURES=1,436,217 - IN THE BLACK $23,513.
2007- REVENUE=1,573,389; EXPENDITURES=1,494,610 - IN THE BLACK $78,779.
2008- REVENUE=1,433,397; EXPENDITURES=1,550,118 - IN THE RED -$116,721.
2009- REVENUE=1,447,303; EXPENDITURES=1,313,006 - IN THE BLACK $134,297.
2010- REVENUE=1,203,970; EXPENDITURES=1,138,304 - IN THE BLACK $65,666.
2011- REVENUE=1,286,968; EXPENDITURES=1,193,308 - IN THE BLACK $93,660.
2012- REVENUE=1,311,845; EXPENDITURES=1,179,519 - IN THE BLACK $132,326.
2001-2012 REVENUES IN EXCESS OF EXENDITURES: IN THE BLACK $876,937.
Combined with the projected 2013 surplus of $177K, for 13 years ending December 2013, Lynn Township will take in $1,053,937 more than needed.
That’s more than one million dollars collected in Lynn Township, none of which will be used to provide any service to Township residents. That’s $253 per person based on a population of 4150.
In the past 13 years, Lynn Township cut the property tax rate twice. The millage went from 1.3 to 1.0 in 2008, and then to .8 in 2011 (since adjusted to .2 for the County reassessment). Each of those reductions were opposed by the current Board Chairman, Justin Smith, then a vocal citizen. Member Kermit Delong was evenly split.
Why is the surplus important?
Quite simply, the projected surplus for 2013 is still nearly 3 times the Township take on property taxes. Property tax receipts for Lynn Township are about 60K. Yet one candidate, Steve Feinour, joined by the current Chairman, Justin Smith, yet balks at a temporary reduction in our tax millage, which could be zero. The millage, set every year by the Board, should reasonably reflect the cost of services, nothing more.
The Township's next budget meeting is November 14, 2013 at 6:30pm.