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Morrisville Borough To Vote on EIT, Monday Night

The Morrisville Borough Council has scheduled a vote on whether to approve an Earned Income Tax on residents and non-residents for Monday nights’s council meeting.

In one sense, last months  Council meeting was that rude awakening moment where past, present and future combined for a synergistic effect when it comes to the boroughs financial health and well being,  as officials weighed the tax.

Council approved to begin advertising a Earned Income Tax (PA ACT 32) in a 4 to 3 vote last month.

The vote, at the time officials said, was only to advertise the proposed measure, which is required to happen three times after passage to advertise the change.

The borough advertised the ordinance on September 24, October 1 and October 8, in the The Times according to official documents.

The vote scheduled tonight’s meeting,is  listed as item 9W.

The motion, however, does not list the a percentage to be imposed- which can top out at 1 percent according to state law for suburban municipalities outside Philadelphia.

Last year an attempt by council to enact a .5 percent EIT failed.

Council members Justin Bowers, Helen Hlahol, Mike Yager and Scott Robinson voted against levying the tax on residents and non-residents.

Robinson, in September told Lower Bucks Source, there is no way he could ever support approving an Earned Income Tax on borough residents.

“Its just crazy. Taxing our residents twice” he said “enough is enough.”

At the September Council meeting, Borough Manager Judith Danko, painted the not so pretty picture for the public and council when she detailed a pattern of borough spending from 2016 to present day.

Credit: Paid for by Sperry for Morrisville

She said, there has been a deficits from budgets between 2015 to 2021 from the information she pulled together;

In 2015, $185,500 over budget; in 2016, $118,790 over budget; in 2017 we had a windfall because we received several hundreds of thousands of dollars from Portonoff Law Associates. Those funds, she said, were used to try and balance the budget, but in 2018 there was again spending of more than $269,000 over budget, Danko said.

What this is showing me, is budget allocations are not in line with the real time spending, she said.

If this continues I won’t be able for example to hire any new police officers, or anyone for any borough related department anytime in the near future. There is no way for me to spend less and do more when it comes to all these projects we’re engaged in currently, she said. We have to come up with a thought process to put the plug  in the hole – we have to put boundaries on it (EIT) once we’re there we can then ween ourselves off it.

There is a time constraint on us, that’s why I pushed to have this on the agenda for the (September) meeting. It has to be finalized by Dec 1 so Keystone Collections Group (KCG)  could collect the data needed for implementation in 2022, she said. .

Councilman Justin Bowers inquired about implementing a local services tax, that would take take out $2,00 from the paychecks for example, of residents its applicable too.

Councilwoman Helen Hahlol concurred with Bowers on that idea, requesting additional information from the manager about the numbers involved-and the process of how that kind of taxation would work, Hahlol who voted against the EIT ordinance last year, was the only council member to change against the tax, in support of advertising the potential ordinance change.

I don’t mind advertising the ordinance, Hahlol said last month, but so far I’m not for it.

Council member’s in trying to get as much information as possible asked Danko what does the budget deficit look like for the end of the year so far.

Danko estimated it could be as much as $500,000.00. adding with what is available she didn’t think she could do a cheaper budget moving forward without an EIT implemented.

A representative for Keystone Collections Group, during the August council meeting said municipalities benefit from enacting EIT adding that instead of the tax being collected outside of the borough from where Morrisville residents are employed, the implementation of an EIT allows for those funds to be brought back to the area in which the employee lives.

The way the tax is setup, primarily it goes to the community where the individual resides. Its not a new tax, its shifting of tax already paid by working residents, the KCG spokesperson said,

Its hard to know exactly how much implementing the change will bring back to Morrisville, because we don’t have all the numbers for residents working in places such as Montgomery and Delaware Counties, the KCG official said. The data set is incomplete.

Bower’s on Sunday night, said on his official councilmen’s page he has seen documents setting the tax rate at 1 percent.

Borough officials said they would provide the public with more information on the tax how it will be applied and to whom it will be applied to at future meetings

Would this be tax increase for someone living in Morrisville not paying EIT, asked Robinson in August.

“Sure, yes” the Keystone official said

If we did a 1 percent EIT, that would about a $1600.00 increase in my tax bill said Robinson who does not pay the tax presently.

“If we went around raising everyone’s taxes $1500.00 we we would be hung or crucified down at the Getty” he said.

“If this isn’t enacted” said second ward Councilwoman Nancy Sherlock, “the borough is going to have to raise taxes.”

Copies of the full text of the proposed Ordinance are available for examination during normal business hours in the Township Administrative Offices, 35 Union Street, Morrisville, Pennsylvania during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Anyone who wants to register an opinion on the tax before council votes is welcomed to sign up for the public comment section of the special meeting that begins at 7 p.m.

Editors Note: Multiple attempts to reach first ward councilman Duane Nicol for this story in September were unsuccessful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin -Local services tax

We have a time constraint – that;s why i pushed to have this on the agenda for this meeting– have to be finalized by Dec 1 so keytstone could collect the info needed for implementation —

“we want the info to get out there”

Agreeing to advertise is just the first step and what judith laid out is a truth with 3 to 4 mills going out of the borough —

 

T.P we’r just making the motion to advertise — not to implement —

 

J.D there is no way I can plan for next years budget- depts told – no more spending this year- unless absolutley necessary — its September and we’re out of money —

“when it comes to Dec how do we pay our bills”

why we want to lay blame is beyond my imagination – I’m looking for solutions – we’re doing so many great things here in Morrisville —

 

“we’re not overstaffed” its very difficult to move- were tryjng not to roll over vacation times — rollijng it over is making it a larger exspense – what can we do to get things inline— not impacting elederly, disabled, those not making incomes —

The eit oridnance has to be advertised 3x fri 9/24 – 10/1 and 10/8 to allow for

I don’t see I can do a budget cheaper —

we’re going to be over budget – the exact number is not set- I’m trying to cut – where i can – and keep the number as low as possible – but a guestimate would be 500K and that’s just a guess at this point,…

w/o knowing what the numbers would be — I can’t really say…

Helen – I don’;t mind advertising – but so far I’m not for it —

Ted-

 

 

 

 

accusation – loiudermill hearing —

 

 

Held back July and August payments to Republic Garbage Co — working on issue per complaints/contacts – Justin –

 

PC crime is down – there night clubs problems are decreasing – working with zoning —

extesion of 60 hour rule – 1200 hours still available – and holiday hours are **** thus the ask –

 

9a – 7-0 passes –9b- 7-0— 9c–7-0— 9d —- 7-0 — 9e– (temp waiver for P/ters) Motion amend to Oct 31st-

ted and nancy (no) motion passes 5 to 2-

Temp waiver to Oct 31st — – 5 to 2 (Ted and Nancy)

 

9e Justin — do it month to month until irs not approved anymore — 8 part timers – 3 working more than 30 hours – 2 guys out for “personal problems”

Takes the pressure off the guys –carry hours over – I have to ask for approval — for time to carry over at 100 hrs

9f 7-0

9g –

Kurt Kelly (9/20/23) 7-0

John Savina – (March 1 2023) 7-0

9H- Mayor statement read by JD –

Winterfest- 8 officers — 4 hours worked —

Mike Ted and Justin donate council pay – Motion tabled—

9 I- EIT — 9:20 pm

Roberts Rules Out of order – request of finance director —

JD there has been a defceit in the budget – numbers –

2015 and 16 — $100K

2018 237 K over budget

“Budget allocations are not in line with the real spending”– JD

We’re clearly overbudget — on the path of $500k for this year….

Thought process is to reduce property taxes once budget is in line – can;t hire new officers with the current budget we have –

Can’t do anything new –

There is no way for me to spend less and do more when it comes to all these projects we’re engaged in —

We have to come up with a thought process to put the plug and a whole – we have to put boundadaries on it (eit) once we’re there we can then ween ourselves off it —

“only effect working persons” we’re giving away $297K this money–its going to other municips

 

Justin -Local services tax

We have a time constraint – that;s why i pushed to have this on the agenda for this meeting– have to be finalized by Dec 1 so keytstone could collect the info needed for implementation —

“we want the info to get out there”

Agreeing to advertise is just the first step and what judith laid out is a truth with 3 to 4 mills going out of the borough —

 

T.P we’r just making the motion to advertise — not to implement —

 

J.D there is no way I can plan for next years budget- depts told – no more spending this year- unless absolutley necessary — its September and we’re out of money —

“when it comes to Dec how do we pay our bills”

why we want to lay blame is beyond my imagination – I’m looking for solutions – we’re doing so many great things here in Morrisville —

 

“we’re not overstaffed” its very difficult to move- were tryjng not to roll over vacation times — rollijng it over is making it a larger exspense – what can we do to get things inline— not impacting elederly, disabled, those not making incomes —

The eit oridnance has to be advertised 3x fri 9/24 – 10/1 and 10/8 to allow for

I don’t see I can do a budget cheaper —

we’re going to be over budget – the exact number is not set- I’m trying to cut – where i can – and keep the number as low as possible – but a guestimate would be 500K and that’s just a guess at this point,…

w/o knowing what the numbers would be — I can’t really say…

Helen – I don’;t mind advertising – but so far I’m not for it —

Ted-

 

To advertise:

Bowwers No Helen Yes, Paul yes – Robison – no sherlick – yes- sherlock yes – motion passes 4 to 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Morrisville Borough To Vote on EIT, Monday Night

The Morrisville Borough Council has scheduled a vote on whether to approve an Earned Income Tax on residents and non-residents for Monday nights’s council meeting.

In one sense, last months  Council meeting was that rude awakening moment where past, present and future combined for a synergistic effect when it comes to the boroughs financial health and well being,  as officials weighed the tax.

Council approved to begin advertising a Earned Income Tax (PA ACT 32) in a 4 to 3 vote last month.

The vote, at the time officials said, was only to advertise the proposed measure, which is required to happen three times after passage to advertise the change.

The borough advertised the ordinance on September 24, October 1 and October 8, in the The Times according to official documents.

The vote scheduled tonight’s meeting,is  listed as item 9W.

The motion, however, does not list the a percentage to be imposed- which can top out at 1 percent according to state law for suburban municipalities outside Philadelphia.

Last year an attempt by council to enact a .5 percent EIT failed.

Council members Justin Bowers, Helen Hlahol, Mike Yager and Scott Robinson voted against levying the tax on residents and non-residents.

Robinson, in September told Lower Bucks Source, there is no way he could ever support approving an Earned Income Tax on borough residents.

“Its just crazy. Taxing our residents twice” he said “enough is enough.”

At the September Council meeting, Borough Manager Judith Danko, painted the not so pretty picture for the public and council when she detailed a pattern of borough spending from 2016 to present day.

Credit: Paid for by Sperry for Morrisville

She said, there has been a deficits from budgets between 2015 to 2021 from the information she pulled together;

In 2015, $185,500 over budget; in 2016, $118,790 over budget; in 2017 we had a windfall because we received several hundreds of thousands of dollars from Portonoff Law Associates. Those funds, she said, were used to try and balance the budget, but in 2018 there was again spending of more than $269,000 over budget, Danko said.

What this is showing me, is budget allocations are not in line with the real time spending, she said.

If this continues I won’t be able for example to hire any new police officers, or anyone for any borough related department anytime in the near future. There is no way for me to spend less and do more when it comes to all these projects we’re engaged in currently, she said. We have to come up with a thought process to put the plug  in the hole – we have to put boundaries on it (EIT) once we’re there we can then ween ourselves off it.

There is a time constraint on us, that’s why I pushed to have this on the agenda for the (September) meeting. It has to be finalized by Dec 1 so Keystone Collections Group (KCG)  could collect the data needed for implementation in 2022, she said. .

Councilman Justin Bowers inquired about implementing a local services tax, that would take take out $2,00 from the paychecks for example, of residents its applicable too.

Councilwoman Helen Hahlol concurred with Bowers on that idea, requesting additional information from the manager about the numbers involved-and the process of how that kind of taxation would work, Hahlol who voted against the EIT ordinance last year, was the only council member to change against the tax, in support of advertising the potential ordinance change.

I don’t mind advertising the ordinance, Hahlol said last month, but so far I’m not for it.

Council member’s in trying to get as much information as possible asked Danko what does the budget deficit look like for the end of the year so far.

Danko estimated it could be as much as $500,000.00. adding with what is available she didn’t think she could do a cheaper budget moving forward without an EIT implemented.

A representative for Keystone Collections Group, during the August council meeting said municipalities benefit from enacting EIT adding that instead of the tax being collected outside of the borough from where Morrisville residents are employed, the implementation of an EIT allows for those funds to be brought back to the area in which the employee lives.

The way the tax is setup, primarily it goes to the community where the individual resides. Its not a new tax, its shifting of tax already paid by working residents, the KCG spokesperson said,

Its hard to know exactly how much implementing the change will bring back to Morrisville, because we don’t have all the numbers for residents working in places such as Montgomery and Delaware Counties, the KCG official said. The data set is incomplete.

Bower’s on Sunday night, said on his official councilmen’s page he has seen documents setting the tax rate at 1 percent.

Borough officials said they would provide the public with more information on the tax how it will be applied and to whom it will be applied to at future meetings

Would this be tax increase for someone living in Morrisville not paying EIT, asked Robinson in August.

“Sure, yes” the Keystone official said

If we did a 1 percent EIT, that would about a $1600.00 increase in my tax bill said Robinson who does not pay the tax presently.

“If we went around raising everyone’s taxes $1500.00 we we would be hung or crucified down at the Getty” he said.

“If this isn’t enacted” said second ward Councilwoman Nancy Sherlock, “the borough is going to have to raise taxes.”

Copies of the full text of the proposed Ordinance are available for examination during normal business hours in the Township Administrative Offices, 35 Union Street, Morrisville, Pennsylvania during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Anyone who wants to register an opinion on the tax before council votes is welcomed to sign up for the public comment section of the special meeting that begins at 7 p.m.

Editors Note: Multiple attempts to reach first ward councilman Duane Nicol for this story in September were unsuccessful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin -Local services tax

We have a time constraint – that;s why i pushed to have this on the agenda for this meeting– have to be finalized by Dec 1 so keytstone could collect the info needed for implementation —

“we want the info to get out there”

Agreeing to advertise is just the first step and what judith laid out is a truth with 3 to 4 mills going out of the borough —

 

T.P we’r just making the motion to advertise — not to implement —

 

J.D there is no way I can plan for next years budget- depts told – no more spending this year- unless absolutley necessary — its September and we’re out of money —

“when it comes to Dec how do we pay our bills”

why we want to lay blame is beyond my imagination – I’m looking for solutions – we’re doing so many great things here in Morrisville —

 

“we’re not overstaffed” its very difficult to move- were tryjng not to roll over vacation times — rollijng it over is making it a larger exspense – what can we do to get things inline— not impacting elederly, disabled, those not making incomes —

The eit oridnance has to be advertised 3x fri 9/24 – 10/1 and 10/8 to allow for

I don’t see I can do a budget cheaper —

we’re going to be over budget – the exact number is not set- I’m trying to cut – where i can – and keep the number as low as possible – but a guestimate would be 500K and that’s just a guess at this point,…

w/o knowing what the numbers would be — I can’t really say…

Helen – I don’;t mind advertising – but so far I’m not for it —

Ted-

 

 

 

 

accusation – loiudermill hearing —

 

 

Held back July and August payments to Republic Garbage Co — working on issue per complaints/contacts – Justin –

 

PC crime is down – there night clubs problems are decreasing – working with zoning —

extesion of 60 hour rule – 1200 hours still available – and holiday hours are **** thus the ask –

 

9a – 7-0 passes –9b- 7-0— 9c–7-0— 9d —- 7-0 — 9e– (temp waiver for P/ters) Motion amend to Oct 31st-

ted and nancy (no) motion passes 5 to 2-

Temp waiver to Oct 31st — – 5 to 2 (Ted and Nancy)

 

9e Justin — do it month to month until irs not approved anymore — 8 part timers – 3 working more than 30 hours – 2 guys out for “personal problems”

Takes the pressure off the guys –carry hours over – I have to ask for approval — for time to carry over at 100 hrs

9f 7-0

9g –

Kurt Kelly (9/20/23) 7-0

John Savina – (March 1 2023) 7-0

9H- Mayor statement read by JD –

Winterfest- 8 officers — 4 hours worked —

Mike Ted and Justin donate council pay – Motion tabled—

9 I- EIT — 9:20 pm

Roberts Rules Out of order – request of finance director —

JD there has been a defceit in the budget – numbers –

2015 and 16 — $100K

2018 237 K over budget

“Budget allocations are not in line with the real spending”– JD

We’re clearly overbudget — on the path of $500k for this year….

Thought process is to reduce property taxes once budget is in line – can;t hire new officers with the current budget we have –

Can’t do anything new –

There is no way for me to spend less and do more when it comes to all these projects we’re engaged in —

We have to come up with a thought process to put the plug and a whole – we have to put boundadaries on it (eit) once we’re there we can then ween ourselves off it —

“only effect working persons” we’re giving away $297K this money–its going to other municips

 

Justin -Local services tax

We have a time constraint – that;s why i pushed to have this on the agenda for this meeting– have to be finalized by Dec 1 so keytstone could collect the info needed for implementation —

“we want the info to get out there”

Agreeing to advertise is just the first step and what judith laid out is a truth with 3 to 4 mills going out of the borough —

 

T.P we’r just making the motion to advertise — not to implement —

 

J.D there is no way I can plan for next years budget- depts told – no more spending this year- unless absolutley necessary — its September and we’re out of money —

“when it comes to Dec how do we pay our bills”

why we want to lay blame is beyond my imagination – I’m looking for solutions – we’re doing so many great things here in Morrisville —

 

“we’re not overstaffed” its very difficult to move- were tryjng not to roll over vacation times — rollijng it over is making it a larger exspense – what can we do to get things inline— not impacting elederly, disabled, those not making incomes —

The eit oridnance has to be advertised 3x fri 9/24 – 10/1 and 10/8 to allow for

I don’t see I can do a budget cheaper —

we’re going to be over budget – the exact number is not set- I’m trying to cut – where i can – and keep the number as low as possible – but a guestimate would be 500K and that’s just a guess at this point,…

w/o knowing what the numbers would be — I can’t really say…

Helen – I don’;t mind advertising – but so far I’m not for it —

Ted-

 

To advertise:

Bowwers No Helen Yes, Paul yes – Robison – no sherlick – yes- sherlock yes – motion passes 4 to 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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