Alleged notarized copies of documents said to originate from Lower Makefield Board Chairman Fred Weiss were posted to Facebook Tuesday night questioning his commonwealth residency.
The post claims the documents show Weiss is no longer a resident of the township -since January of this year- and is “defrauding” Lower Makefield residents out of tax dollars due to an application for a Homestead exemption.
Weiss said he thinks the documents posted were altered to make it look like he and his wife Cynthia applied for the tax break.
“We can’t apply for that exemption because we are Pennsylvania residents” Weiss said “You have to prove state residency to apply for Homestead with documents such as your state identification.”
The timing of the revelations he said seems to be a coordinated effort to halt a vote on the sale of the municipalities sewer system.
The posting came just hours before Yardley Borough Council met in a special meeting to discuss Lower Makefields plans to vote on selling the municipalities sewer system. Yardley is asking Lower Makefield to at least delay the vote scheduled for tonight.
A temporary vote delay, at least until next months meeting looks to be happening.
There will be no sewer talk at the board meeting and/ or until this residency issue thing is cleared up, said Weiss
.” I don’t want to take away from the business of the board.”
At no time did I ever consider becoming a Florida resident, he said, I have a disabled family member living in the area and a son who lives in Levittown. Yes my wife has family in Florida and we often travel back and forth now that I am retired, Weiss reiterated.
Weiss said Tuesday night the township is investigating the residency allegations said in no uncertain he expects the investigation to clear him.
Weiss said for tonight’s nights board meeting he is “stepping aside temporarily” and vice chair Dan Grenier would lead the meeting.
Asked whether he intended to complete his term as a supervisor Weiss said absolutely.
“This is a free country and we can have more than one home. The gaul some people who want to get their own way”
Attempts to reach vice- chair Dan Grenier for this story were unsuccessful Wednesday morning.
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