Written by Dan Miller
When a business doesn’t have a plan and things go wrong, it’s big news. The business closes, jobs are lost and customers are abandoned.
None of this is happening at the Hetrick Center in Middletown. When founder Dr. Paul R. Hetrick decided it was time for a change, he already had a plan in place.
Not that Hetrick is going anywhere. He's just no longer the man in charge – unless you're his patient, that is.
On Dec. 8, Hetrick transferred ownership of the center that bears his name to Drs. Scott A. and Mary J. Colman, married chiropractors who have been with the Hetrick Center since 2001.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:46
Kylie Costik, a Londonderry Twp. teen, spent countless days training, shearing, cleaning and blow-drying the lamb she was raising. And the work and commitment paid off at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Costik, daughter of Brian and Mary Costik and a member of the Lower Dauphin Livestock 4-H Club, placed fifth in the Junior Crossbred Market Lambs category – Division 4 weight class – and earned the prestigious chance to sell her lamb at the Farm Show’s livestock auction on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:43
Property taxes held for record 11th year but state funding shortfalls could force tax increase in 2017, commissioners warns
The good news? Dauphin Co. Commissioners passed a $243 million budget for 2016 that holds the line on taxes for an 11th year straight.
The not-so-good news? Commissioners warned potential cuts in state funding could jeopardize that record next year.
“The state currently owes Dauphin Co. almost $30 million in human services funding’” said commission Chairman Jeff Haste. “This is forcing us to seek a $20 million tax anticipation note to keep cash flow going until we start getting local tax revenue in mid-February.
“But we’ll have a larger problem if some of the significant cuts to human services funding that are being discussed makes it into the final state budget,. If we see a $6 million cut in Children and Youth funding, that equals a half-mill of taxes.’’
Haste, who serves as the 2015 County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s (CCAP) board chairman, said the organization is committed to working with lawmakers to ensure human services funding isn’t held hostage in future budget impasses.
“In Dauphin County, we’re fortunate that our careful budgeting allowed us to cover human services funding thus far without borrowing,’’ Haste said. “But other counties have been forced to cut back on services and borrow. Luzerne County had its bond rating downgraded due in large part to the deficit created by the state withholding $20 million in funding.’’
Commissioner Mike Pries stressed if the county is forced to raise taxes, it won’t be a decision the board makes lightly.
“This board weighs the potential impact to the taxpayer in every decision we make,” Pries said. “We’ve managed to keep the lid on property taxes for 11 years, but it’s a record we can continue only if the state doesn’t slash funding for vital services.’’
Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III echoed his fellow commissioner’s concerns, noting the state is causing “significant uncertainty’’ about the county’s budget next year.
“State lawmakers are considering pushing back $172 million counties are owed in children and youth funding into the next fiscal year to help balance the budget,’’ Hartwick said. “Counties are seeing record numbers of child abuse reports in the wake of new child protection laws. If the state doesn’t adequately fund these services, it’s local taxpayers that are forced to make up the difference.’’
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:29
Written by Dan Miller
Construction of the new Amtrak train station on West Main Street is expected to start in early 2016, PennDOT officials have told the borough.
The $32 million project includes building a pedestrian bridge from the private Penn State Harrisburg student housing over West Main Street so students can cross safely to the new train station.
Emaus Street is also to be extended to West Main Street as part of the train station project. The Emaus Street extension would be completed toward the end of the overall project.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge Over Vine Street
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:36
By now, you probably know that you “should” be getting enough Omega-3s in your diet, but do you know why?
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2015 08:18