Rapid growth in housing, jobs on way to Franklin County area

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Thousands of Defense jobs are coming to Maryland in the next few years. Some workers will be living in houses in Pennsylvania and commuting to work.
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Chambersburg, PA

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#1
Aug 28, 2008
 
Many people coming to live in PA from MD are or will be in for sticker shock as a lot are not told about the school taxes in PA, property taxes they are told about. They don't collect separate school taxes in MD. It has surprised a lot of people who have moved here, but it is to late they have already bought the house when they get that first school tax bill.
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Woodbridge, VA

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#2
Aug 28, 2008
 
We've been here more than 15 years, and I still don't understand why we get 2 tax bills a year and not 1. BUT, our taxes on 9 acres is still cheaper than what I paid for 1/3 acre in Fairfax or he paid for 1/2 acre in PG County.
JDMagee

Philadelphia, PA

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#3
Aug 28, 2008
 
OH great more Baltimorons
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York, PA

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#4
Aug 28, 2008
 
DUH, Commissioner Bob!!

"Franklin County Commissioner Robert Ziobrowski said the impact of more Maryland jobs on Franklin County will be negative. Residential development does not pay its way and costs more in services than either agricultural or commercial use of land.

"The end result: Our school taxes are going to go up," he said.

Maryland has found that income taxes from the high salaries will more than offset the additional services for the households, according to Lisa A. Swoboda, deputy director of the Maryland Office of Military & Federal Affairs."
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Barnegat, NJ

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#5
Aug 28, 2008
 
Atleast we had a couple months of slower growth. Are they going to fill up all of the empty houses now or build new ones?
positive

Lagrange, IN

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#6
Aug 28, 2008
 
I believe Lisa Swoboda is far out in front of Commissioner Ziobrowski when it comes to understanding growth and taxes. It seems that Commissioner Z. simply likes to talk regardless of content or impact.
Will

Fleetwood, PA

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#7
Aug 28, 2008
 
It's interesting; I've read newspapers from Chester, Lancaster, York, and Adams Counties and all report that the majority of these as yet unhired Federal employees will be living in their county. It would appear that it will be a real buyers market when each of these areas vie for the new workers.
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#8
Aug 28, 2008
 
positive wrote:
I believe Lisa Swoboda is far out in front of Commissioner Ziobrowski when it comes to understanding growth and taxes. It seems that Commissioner Z. simply likes to talk regardless of content or impact.
Check this study http://twp.antrim.pa.us/documents/Land%20Use%...
I believe this will confirm Commissioner Ziobrowski's statement. Residences use more community services than they contribute via taxes.
ok then

Chambersburg, PA

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Aug 28, 2008
 
Resident wrote:
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Check this study http://twp.antrim.pa.us/documents/Land%20Use%...
I believe this will confirm Commissioner Ziobrowski's statement. Residences use more community services than they contribute via taxes.
Why dont you leave and save us some money?
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#10
Aug 28, 2008
 
ok then wrote:
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Why dont you leave and save us some money?
Because I am a fermer and am paying to keep you here. serously

“Artwork by my daughter AGE 6”

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Chambersburg

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#11
Aug 28, 2008
 
Ummm could someone tell me what a "FERMER" is..thanks.
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Greencastle, PA

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Aug 28, 2008
 
justme008 wrote:
Ummm could someone tell me what a "FERMER" is..thanks.
A farmer who forgot to use spellcheck

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