It’s a hot button item around the country now. Public Employees and their sometimes near luxurious benefits, salaries and pensions are bringing on near apocalyptic consequences for state and local governments, and the taxpayers as well. I’m not going to turn this posting into a harangue about why I believe public employees and teachers especially are the welfare queens of the 21st century. My concern is Whitehall, and the effects that paying these pensions, salaries and benefits are going to have on the citizens here.
We’re already seeing it. In December, the commissioners voted to raise taxes by $1 Million. The reason: Whitehall has to pay more and more towards pensions while at the same time is collecting less revenue. The commission voted to take the traditional Democrat solution and raise taxes. Kern’s vote sealed the deal and raised our taxes.
It’s difficult to see how things are going to get better. Every year more money is going to have to be devoted to pensions, benefits and salaries for township employees. Look up what some of these people are making. They’re making excellent money and get annual pay raises while those of us in the private sector are taking pay cuts and trying to keep our heads above water. Next year, a larger fraction of the budget will have to be devoted to pensions, etc. And the year after that. Township revenue does not appear as if it will increase this year without at least one tax hike.
The citizens of Whitehall are getting stiffed and the commissioners are not making a serious effort to find another solution to the financial problems. Raising taxes is the only surefire way. Commissioner Kern cast the deciding vote for the tax hike in December. He has refused to explain his reasons for supporting the measure. Seeing how this is an election year, CACK calls upon him to explain why he raised Whitehall’s taxes and to explain it publicly.
Citizensagainstkern@gmail.com is our email address, Mr. Kern. You certainly know how to email private citizens and harass them for posting negative comments about you, so how about emailing this private citizen and explain why you raised our taxes in December.