Penn Township mulls tax breaks to lure new businesses

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Penn Township is considering reinstating a tax incentive program previously used to draw businesses to the township s industrial park off Wilson Avenue. Full Story
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Truck Stop

Hanover, PA

#22 Mar 6, 2011
Taxpayer wrote:
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We did pay the taxes for the roads but old Gov Rendell had hijacked all the money to go other programs. Take a look sometime on where all the money goes from the drivers licenses and car inspections; Not back to the roads. Penn Township may not have control over that but they certainly dont have to keep building.
Taxes that you pay at the pump come back to Penn as liquid fuels fund, after that it is local taxes that pay for Penn's roads and PennDot handles their major roads. Rendell is the past we can't keep talking about old politicians from either side of the fence, the problems exists now and pointed fingers at people who have no power now achieves nothing in the hunt to build better roads.
Typical

Dover, PA

#23 Mar 6, 2011
Can Hunter wrote:
How about tax breaks for people who live there so they can keep their houses?
How many jobs will those people create with their tax breaks?

Answer---zero
Taxpayer

Shippensburg, PA

#24 Mar 6, 2011
Truck Stop wrote:
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Taxes that you pay at the pump come back to Penn as liquid fuels fund, after that it is local taxes that pay for Penn's roads and PennDot handles their major roads. Rendell is the past we can't keep talking about old politicians from either side of the fence, the problems exists now and pointed fingers at people who have no power now achieves nothing in the hunt to build better roads.
Point being PA wasnt putting the money where it belonged and making bad decisions....and Penn Township has and continues to make poor decisions that affect all the other townships...I am pointing the finger at those in charge in Penn Township and they need to be held accountable. My guess is that you are one of the few "somebodies" who is gaining from this and other decisions to mess it up for the rest of us.
Exactly

Hanover, PA

#25 Mar 6, 2011
Can Hunter wrote:
How about tax breaks for people who live there so they can keep their houses?
....my thoughts EXACTLY! How about cutting SPENDING and keeping the residents here! AGAIN, these fools are out of touch with what REALLY needs to be done!
Truck Stop

Hanover, PA

#26 Mar 6, 2011
Taxpayer wrote:
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My guess is that you are one of the few "somebodies" who is gaining from this and other decisions to mess it up for the rest of us.
Your "guess" is wrong. Response = FAIL
If you want bigger road projects, then it's going to take more tax revenue, that's where the money always comes from unless China is going to buy Penn roads for some unknown reason. Don't point your finger at the messenger and cry "ok, then you are the problem", it cheapens you.
Legal Eagle

Hanover, PA

#27 Mar 6, 2011
Taxpayer wrote:
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Yeah, I did and Penn Township is trying to build something else that will cause more traffic problems for other townships...go back to your crack pipe.
SO what is Penn Township trying to build? How do they legally stop someone from building on land they own? You need to educate yourself about their legal options regarding development.
liveinyourmeans

United States

#28 Mar 7, 2011
Can Hunter wrote:
How about tax breaks for people who live there so they can keep their houses?
People shouldn't live above there means and buy houses they can't afford in the first place.
Whoops

Hanover, PA

#29 Mar 7, 2011
liveinyourmeans wrote:
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People shouldn't live above there means and buy houses they can't afford in the first place.
And, housing should not fall 25% then flat line for a year and then fall 15-20% again. This encourages ostensibly pragmatic people to walk away from their home/investment simply because fat cats rigged the deck against them. This is not as simple as "people who can't afford the home the agreed to pay for", it's also about systematic devaluing of their biggest investment, with no voice against a growing plutocracy.
Winch

Gettysburg, PA

#30 Mar 7, 2011
Facts are that this particular business will not bring much revenue to Penn Twp. Westminster is not far south. People will commute to work at this business. When does this board of Commissioners "Get It"? The citizens of Penn are suffering and all this board can do is raise taxes year after year. Now they want to give business a TAX BREAK. Then you have the School Board that also likes to shove it to the citizens. When do we get real leaders in Penn Township?
Rick

Baltimore, MD

#31 Mar 7, 2011
Winch wrote:
Facts are that this particular business will not bring much revenue to Penn Twp. Westminster is not far south. People will commute to work at this business. When does this board of Commissioners "Get It"? The citizens of Penn are suffering and all this board can do is raise taxes year after year. Now they want to give business a TAX BREAK. Then you have the School Board that also likes to shove it to the citizens. When do we get real leaders in Penn Township?
I think this post makes the most important point that no business has committed to hiring local employees, so most are likley to come from outside our state. This not only means that few if any locals will be hired and that more people will be using our dilapidated and crowded roads during rush hour. How does this benefit Penn or any of the surrounding areas?
commentator

Washington, DC

#32 Mar 7, 2011
Real leaders will come when know it alls like you get in office and find out hey things aren't the way they looked they aren't the way I assumed. Its easy to sit back and critizise and bad mouth.
Borough resident

United States

#33 Mar 7, 2011
I currently work at the non-Union manufacturing facility you are talking about. About one fourth of the people who currently work here are from Hanover. Very few people are from Westminster. We have several from Harford County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Howard County. Wake up - there will be plenty of new jobs - people are NOT going to travel 2 hours or more to get to work. The merchants in Westminster are really going to feel the blow to their bottom line. People go out everyday for lunch and shop, get their cars worked on, etc. The benefits our company offers are superior to any offered in this area. Where can you get full coverage health insurance for $14 a pay? It's a fabulous place to work.

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