Penn Township matches district's $12K occupation tax standard
To match standards imposed by the Penn-Trafford School District, Penn Township commissioners on Monday raised the gross-income exemption for paying the occupation resident tax by $2,000 to $12,000 a year.
The $10 tax, which has been in place for a few decades, is split between the school district and the township, Solicitor Les Mlakar said. Those who earn more than the exempted amount pay the tax regardless of the municipality in which they work.
The tax will generate an estimated $25,000 for the township in 2014, Mlakar said.
Commissioners are interviewing four candidates to become the township's next emergency-management coordinator.
The new coordinator will replace George Adamson.
The candidates are scheduled to complete their interviews on Feb. 5 so that commissioners can make a recommendation to Gov. Tom Corbett, who approves all municipal emergency-management coordinators.
Adamson, who is resigning, has had the position since 2009.
Township officials might resume work on a draft of local drilling regulations after the state Supreme Court in December struck down a state law limiting municipal powers.
Last week, Mlakar suggested that the township continue to consider passing a local ordinance because the ongoing litigation over Act 13, the state's law governing drilling, could go on for years.
Penn Township officials stopped work on a 21-page draft in 2012, as legal challenges to the state law went through the state's appellate courts.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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