West Rock­hill fall­ing short of bud­get

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

As they be­gin to pre­pare for next yHDr’V EuGJHW, :HVW 5RFNKLOO RI­fi­cials are pinch­ing pen­nies.

“So far this year, we have cut ex­penses by 7 per­cent,” Town­ship Man­ager Greg Lip­pin­cott said at the Aug. 15 West Rock­hill Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors meet­ing. “The bad news is that our rev­enues are off by 14 per­cent.”

That leaves the town­ship with about $120,000 less in­come as of Aug. 1 than it had by the same date last year, Lip­pin­cott said.

Much of the dif­fer­ence is in the amount re­ceived from the earned in­come tax and lo­cal ser­vices tax, he said. The change in earned in­come tax col­lec­tors for the new sys­tem un­der which the same agency col­lects the tax for ev­ery mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the county may have led to a de­lay in col­lect­ing the EIT, Lip­pin­cott said, but the econ­omy could also be lead­ing to the de­crease.

Build­ing per­mits are an­other area where the town­ship is run­ning be­hind bud­get. That’s not an im­me­di­ate prob­lem be­cause there are ma­jor projects in the works for Rock­hill Men­non­ite Community, Hid­den Mead­ows on the Ridge and Perkasie Re­gional Author­ity, Lip­pin­cott said.

“We know we have those three big projects out there and we’ll get those sooner or later, but af­ter that there’s noth­ing out there,” Lip­pin­cott said.

In re­cent months, the town­ship plan­ning com­mis­sion has some­times can­celed its meet­ings be­cause it had no de­vel­op­ment plans to be re­viewed.

“That will be a con­cern for the 2013 bud­get,” Lip­pin­cott said. “You’re go­ing to have a prob­lem when it comes to build­ing per­mits next year.”

West Rock­hill’s bud­get about $2 mil­lion. In other mat­ters: • “:H DrH nRw Rn 7wLWWHr,” 3Hn­nridge Re­gional po­lice Chief David Met­tin said.

If there are emer­gen­cies or alerts, the depart­ment’s fol­low­ers on Twit­ter can im­me­di­ately get the alert, he said.

West Rock­hill has also started a Twit­ter ac­count, Lip­pin­cott said.

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In an­swer to a ques­tion of whether those not on Twit­ter would get the in­for­ma­tion in the tweets, Lip­pin­cott said the in­for­ma­tion will also continue to be dis­trib­uted in other ways al­ready be­ing used, in­clud­ing the town­ship web­site.

“It will not be the only way to get the in­for­ma­tion out,” Lip­pin­cott said. “It’s just an­other way.”

Since

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peo­ple don’t look at the web­site ev­ery day, tweets will get the in­for­ma­tion out more quickly in an emer­gency, he said.

Pen­nridge Re­gional Po­lice Depart­ment can be fol­lowed on Twit­ter @ Pen­nridgepd. West Rock­hill Town­ship can be fol­lowed @WestRock­hill.

The Hol­i­day House Pool al­ready uses its Face­book page to alert peo­ple when the pool is closed be­cause of rain, Jeff Markley, chair­man of the joint Sellersville and West Rock­hill com­mis­sion that over­sees the pool, said.

• $ SODQQHG $UJ. 15 vote on up­dates to the town­ship’s storm-wa­ter man­age­ment plan or­di­nance was post­poned un­til Oc­to­ber to give the board more time to re­view it.

“The changes are ex­ten­sive and you gotta read more than just the changes to un­der­stand what the changes are,” Don Du­vall, board chair­man, said.

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