District hiking taxes by $233

Jun 11, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: PhillyBurbs.com

Quakertown is increasing spending by more than 10.5 percent next year. Homeowners in the Quakertown School District will see a $233 tax hike.

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Peter

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Jun 12, 2010
 
The next tax hike and the ones after will be for the pensions. There will be no money left to do anything else, get it>>>>>>???? ??????
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Jun 13, 2010
 
jejr wrote:
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WHEN will it all end?
When America is a third world cesspool?
Clark

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#45
Jun 13, 2010
 
Yep, you have that one right!
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QCSD Superintendent Dr. Andrejko is quoted as saying "We don't have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem." There, in a "nut"shell is the real problem.There is absolutely no financial common sense exhibited by the leaders of this school district.
I actually wouldn't mind the tax hike nearly so much if QCSD were a highly-respected district people sought to buy houses in, with high test scores, a well-regarded administration/school board, and top-notch facilities. After all, you normally get what you pay for.
However, I feel in reality that I'm paying for a district that Realtors don't go out of their way to recommend in the description of houses they're selling, mediocre test scores considering what we are paying their teachers, an incompetent administration (have you seen a Dr. Andrejko-Sylvia Lenz school board presentation - professional isn't the word I'm looking for) with carte blanche control due to a divided and somewhat clueless school board that can't provide proper oversight, and a crappy-looking high school/three elementary schools.
Souderton, Pennridge, Palisades, and Southern Lehigh all have experienced tax increases but they seem to have tangible things to show for it. Why doesn't Quakertown seem to be able to do likewise?
Instead of grappling with the facilities issue once and for all while material and labor bidding costs remain low, we blow multiple hundreds of thousands of dollar on laptops and band uniforms instead. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get that the current desktop computers and band uniforms are aging. However, with this type of financial thinking we'll keep finding other stuff to spend money on each year and we'll never get the high school replaced. Sometimes you just have to make due while saving for a more-important long-range goal.
I am planning to move now that I realize that the current regime has no real ability to do longterm planning apart from additional tax hikes. I would much rather give my tax money to a district that manages it better ...
you want the high school replaced? the board and admin have been talking about that for several years now... and what is the public response..... No - don't spend the money on the high school.....
the high school needs major renovations and has for years, but the public outcry to NOT spend the money is part of the reason that it is in the bad shape that it is now. It cost too much money...
So, when the board doesn't spend on the high school people bitch... and when the board talks about spending on the high school, people bitch... can you imagine the bitching when they finally do decide to fix up the high school??? can't win for losing can they.
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It seems that our big "no tax" school board director, Paul "vote on my cue" Stepanoff had his 8,000 s.f. mansion reassessed so his taxes would be reduced.

Don't people realize that if everyone has their property reassessed, QCSD is going to have to raise taxes to counter the loss of tax revenue?

It may save you now, but you're going to have pay eventually. I though Mr. Ph. D. Stepanoff would have realized this.

What a hypocrite.
Live Within Means

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TaxesGoingUp - this makes no sense. If a reassessment shows that taxes were too high on his house, then we should thank this individual for overpaying all these years and now finally paying what he should be paying under the law. Is he a hypocrite for paying too high taxes?

Turns out that Linda Martin's company did the same thing. Is she a hypocrite in your eyes (you hypocrite)?

Who really are the hypocrites are the school administration that for years told us that we should get on our knees and thank the district for paying such high real estate taxes because that meant the school district was so good at what it does, that it single handedly raised everyone's property values! Now a couple years later, when property values have gone down, they say property values are out of their hands and we have a "revenue not a spending problem". You can't claim that you make property values go up, then claim you have no control over them when they go down. Most of us know who the real hypocrites are.

Stepanoff is NOT one of them and is one of the only memebers of the board that is brave enough to represent the community that voted for him. He is doing a great job!

Oh yea, without his single handed actions, your kids would still have integrated math and be failing out of college and life.
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#49
Sep 16, 2010
 
Hmmm, sounds like a good idea. Anyone know how this works? Compare accessments to similar homes ? What does it mean if my home is accessed at 40000 mils in Bucks?
TaxesGoingUp wrote:
It seems that our big "no tax" school board director, Paul "vote on my cue" Stepanoff had his 8,000 s.f. mansion reassessed so his taxes would be reduced.
Don't people realize that if everyone has their property reassessed, QCSD is going to have to raise taxes to counter the loss of tax revenue?
It may save you now, but you're going to have pay eventually. I though Mr. Ph. D. Stepanoff would have realized this.
What a hypocrite.
Absurd

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TaxesGoingUp wrote:
It seems that our big "no tax" school board director, Paul "vote on my cue" Stepanoff had his 8,000 s.f. mansion reassessed so his taxes would be reduced.
Don't people realize that if everyone has their property reassessed, QCSD is going to have to raise taxes to counter the loss of tax revenue?
It may save you now, but you're going to have pay eventually. I though Mr. Ph. D. Stepanoff would have realized this.
What a hypocrite.
"If everyone has their property reassessed, QCSD is going to have to raise taxes..." This is ABSURD. If "everyone" has their properties reassessed and their taxes actually are lowered, it means the QCSD has been getting a windfall all these years and now should cut SPENDING to live within the community's means, not raise taxes.

If you appeal your assessment and it goes DOWN. That means that YOU have been paying too high taxes compared to everyone else. It is just as likely that you appeal and your taxes go up. If this was so simple and no-risk, then why is Central Bucks appealing tax assessments of properties that are assessed too low? Appeals can go either way.

TaxesGoingUp is an idiot for thinking that people shouldn't attempt to lower their taxes by a reassessment so that they pay their fair share and not more. When was the last time you made a donation to the IRS above what you were required to pay? You are even more of an idiot for thinking the school district should raise taxes on everyone else if assessments end up lower. How about the school district lower its spending?
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Live Within Means wrote:
TaxesGoingUp - this makes no sense. If a reassessment shows that taxes were too high on his house, then we should thank this individual for overpaying all these years and now finally paying what he should be paying under the law. Is he a hypocrite for paying too high taxes?
Turns out that Linda Martin's company did the same thing. Is she a hypocrite in your eyes (you hypocrite)?
Who really are the hypocrites are the school administration that for years told us that we should get on our knees and thank the district for paying such high real estate taxes because that meant the school district was so good at what it does, that it single handedly raised everyone's property values! Now a couple years later, when property values have gone down, they say property values are out of their hands and we have a "revenue not a spending problem". You can't claim that you make property values go up, then claim you have no control over them when they go down. Most of us know who the real hypocrites are.
Stepanoff is NOT one of them and is one of the only memebers of the board that is brave enough to represent the community that voted for him. He is doing a great job!
Oh yea, without his single handed actions, your kids would still have integrated math and be failing out of college and life.
Amazing, now Linda Martin owns Coldwell Banker? That would be Jeff Haring.

Steppy also wants to cut everything down to the bare bones too--no music or athletics, and keep QCSD to the three R's.

Steppy represents the people? Boy, have you had the wool pulled over your eyes! He represents himself and his cronies. Oh, BTW, Steppy, a sitting QCSD School Board director, supports the Redistricting Haycock group. A bit of a conflict of interest, don't you agree?
Tim

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#52
Sep 17, 2010
 
Raz wrote:
Cant wait till my kids graduate,then I'm out.
We said that to.But with all the greed of this community it makes it hard to save a buck to move.
Not everyone has a choice,We have been looking for years...
How pwople can think its so easy to pick up and leave.If you do or have your a step ahead of these winners.
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Interesting how "TaxesGoingUp" keeps track of the information about one school board director's tax parcel and joined "Wow" in falsely trashing one school board director. Stalking, stalking, stalking?

Why wouldn't anyone support a school board member who is intelligent enough to make prudent personal financial decisions? Only obsessed delusional haters could explain supporting elected officials who don't have a clue as to how to spend money wisely and trash those who do.
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OtherPeoplesMoney wrote:
Interesting how "TaxesGoingUp" keeps track of the information about one school board director's tax parcel and joined "Wow" in falsely trashing one school board director. Stalking, stalking, stalking?
Why wouldn't anyone support a school board member who is intelligent enough to make prudent personal financial decisions? Only obsessed delusional haters could explain supporting elected officials who don't have a clue as to how to spend money wisely and trash those who do.
Where do this school board director's loyalties lie? With QCSD or the Redistricting group?

If it's with the Redistricting group, then maybe he should step down as a school board director.

Wouldn't you agree?
OtherPeoplesMone y

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A Question wrote:
<quoted text>Where do this school board director's loyalties lie? With QCSD or the Redistricting group?
If it's with the Redistricting group, then maybe he should step down as a school board director.
Wouldn't you agree?
No. He was elected- not appointed- to represent the citizens of his small section of the QCSD- not the district at large.
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No. He was elected- not appointed- to represent the citizens of his small section of the QCSD- not the district at large.
You didn't answer my question.

According to your statement, he only represents 1/3 of the district and therefore any vote he makes only affects his district.

That is not the case.

He cannot govern our school district effectively when he is part of a group that wants to leave.

b. Accordingly:
1. The community should be provided with information about its schools and be
engaged by the Board and staff to encourage input and support for the school
system.
2. Devoting time, thought and study to our duties and responsibilities as School
Board members is critical for rendering effective and credible service.
3. Board members should work together in a spirit of harmony, respect and
cooperation, despite differences of opinion.
4. Personal decisions should be based upon all sufficient facts, we should vote
our honest conviction without partisan bias, and we will abide by and uphold
the majority decision of the Board.
5. Individuals have no legal authority outside the meetings of the Board, and
should conduct their relationships with all stakeholders and media on this
basis.
6. We will not use our positions as School Directors to benefit ourselves or any
individual or agency.
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"A Question" asked : "Where do this school board director's loyalties lie? With QCSD or the Redistricting group?"

The majority of the QCSD Board chose years ago to advocate the regional representation of school board members over at-large representation. The philosphical choice to give voters in each area of the district the opportunity to choose their local representatives rather than risk at-large, district wide representation based on district-wide platforms was made.
You can live with that choice or change it.
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"A Question" seems to delusionally believe that "He cannot govern our school district effectively when he is part of a group that wants to leave."

No.

If it is in the best interests of the citizens he represents to leave the QCSD- then he is representing their best interests by advocating moving to another distirct.

By the choice of the majority of the QCSD Board, each QCSD Board member represents the interests of the citizens of her sending municipality first, and the citizens of the rest of the district after that.

The responsiblility of elected QCSD Board members to represent the best interests of the entire district were disregarded in the choice to continue regional representation.

He is doing what is in the best interest of the electorate who elected him; voting to keep the Haycock School open and working to move Haycock to Palisades.

He is advocating rational choices on the part of Haycock residents.

The QCSD Board majority should continue to fight to keep Haycock in the district because of the disproportionately large taxes those citizens generate and close the Haycock School because it is a net drain on the QCSD.

Rational behavior on the part of the majority requires ignoring rational behavior on the part of the minority.

Rats!
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TruthBToldSellervileISP wrote:
"A Question" seems to delusionally believe that "He cannot govern our school district effectively when he is part of a group that wants to leave."
No.
If it is in the best interests of the citizens he represents to leave the QCSD- then he is representing their best interests by advocating moving to another distirct.
By the choice of the majority of the QCSD Board, each QCSD Board member represents the interests of the citizens of her sending municipality first, and the citizens of the rest of the district after that.
The responsiblility of elected QCSD Board members to represent the best interests of the entire district were disregarded in the choice to continue regional representation.
He is doing what is in the best interest of the electorate who elected him; voting to keep the Haycock School open and working to move Haycock to Palisades.
He is advocating rational choices on the part of Haycock residents.
The QCSD Board majority should continue to fight to keep Haycock in the district because of the disproportionately large taxes those citizens generate and close the Haycock School because it is a net drain on the QCSD.
Rational behavior on the part of the majority requires ignoring rational behavior on the part of the minority.
Rats!
Uh, sorry, but he is a QCSD School Board Director, NOT a Haycock School Board Director. ANY decision he makes in his elected position affects the entire school district.

He represents ALL stakeholders in the district. Stop the spin for God's sake!

Regional or at large elections only determine HOW an individual is elected to office, NOT how they vote!

Get over yourself already.
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Sep 17, 2010
 
real estate values wrote:
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That would be easier to do if the district were better, Realtors were prominently featuring "QCSD" in the headline of real estate ads, and the newspapers didn't carry articles on tax hikes higher than any other local district. More people might want to buy the houses of those that you're suggesting move.
The only problem with Quakertown that I see is a less-than-satisfactory school district. Almost everything else about this community is great. However, a school district's declining reputation can really impact even a nice community ...
Everyone who owns a home should sign up for the Homestead/Farmstead Property Tax Relief Act 72. It is a big help with your tax bill, a goodly amount comes right off as a deduction and usually covers the increase for that year. Bucks County Board of Assessments in Doylestown. We have had ours for over 5 years and has helped quite a bit.
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Why ask Harrisburg for anything?They don't have it either. someone early said that we the people, have taken job cuts,job losses, pay cuts ,and so forth, but the teachers unions when they want a pay increase they strike. WTF people,when are they gonna get the big picture when the money runs out,how is raising taxes gonna help? there will be nobody left to get money from.The President of the state Education assoc. needs to take the bull by the horns and take the first of the across the board pay cuts. He's sitting out in Harrisburg making a boatload of money, for doing what? what does he actually do? and To one of the other posters on this thread who in the hell are you to tell someone they need to get a better paying job ? where exactly are these better paying jobs?most employers are cutting back to save money and the employees are the ones suffering,Oh yea maybe your referring to all the jobs the lying Patrick Murphy brought to bucks county,RIGHT!!!!!! the tax payers need to form a union of sorts,let start a revolt,just like John Fries did all those years ago. then they can rename PA 309 after us, just my opinion,thanks. BTW I'm voting for Mike Fitzpatrick.
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Citizen wrote:
Why ask Harrisburg for anything?They don't have it either. someone early said that we the people, have taken job cuts,job losses, pay cuts ,and so forth, but the teachers unions when they want a pay increase they strike. WTF people,when are they gonna get the big picture when the money runs out,how is raising taxes gonna help? there will be nobody left to get money from.The President of the state Education assoc. needs to take the bull by the horns and take the first of the across the board pay cuts. He's sitting out in Harrisburg making a boatload of money, for doing what? what does he actually do? and To one of the other posters on this thread who in the hell are you to tell someone they need to get a better paying job ? where exactly are these better paying jobs?most employers are cutting back to save money and the employees are the ones suffering,Oh yea maybe your referring to all the jobs the lying Patrick Murphy brought to bucks county,RIGHT!!!!!! the tax payers need to form a union of sorts,let start a revolt,just like John Fries did all those years ago. then they can rename PA 309 after us, just my opinion,thanks. BTW I'm voting for Mike Fitzpatrick.
Do you remember when Fitzpatrick was in congress he co-sponsored a bill that would establish a cap-and-trade program? He also co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act. Now that its not popular among the tea party he is against both. Fitzflops. If you actually look it up you will see all that Patrick Murphy has done for the people of the 8th district.

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