Sunday, May 12, 2013

Meeting Agenda Items and Planned Votes for 5-13-2013

1.) Call to Order; Pledge of Allegiance

2.) Requests to Address the Board

3.) Approval of Minutes- I plan to vote in favor of this item

4.) Zazo Scholarship and Grant

5.) Tax Increment Financing- Hamilton Crossings
   1.) A Resolution of the East Penn Board of School Directors Providing for the Participation by the East Penn School District in a Tax Increment District for Hamilton Crossings, and For the Taking of all Related Actions
Whereas, the Tax Increment Financing Act, 53 P.S. 6930.1 et seq., ("TIF Act"), grants powers to industrial and commercial development authorities and redevelopment authorities to address conditions of blight and inadequate planning and development of urban communities; and

Whereas, the TIF Act also provides authority for local taxing bodies to cooperate in providing financing for redevelopment of areas in their jurisdictions which will generate new development and improve the tax base; and

Whereas, pursuant to the TIF Act, the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority ("LCIDA") has prepared and presented a plan for the creation of a tax increment district in Lower Macungie Township, within the East Penn School District ("School District"), for the area known as Hamilton Crossings, more particularly described in Exhibit "A" attached hereto ("Hamilton Crossings TIF District"), and

Whereas, in accordance with the TIF Act, the Board of Directors of the School District Designated Dr. Thomas Seidenberger and Dr. Kenneth Bacher as the representatives for the School District ("School District Representatives") to meet with LCIDA to discuss the Hamilton Crossings TIF District and the plans for the redevelopment thereof and the tax increment financing therefore; and

Whereas, as required by the TIF Act, the LCIDA and the School District representatives have met and discussed the creation of the Hamilton Crossings TIF District, the boundaries, the plan for redevelopment and financing thereof, and other matters set forth in Section 5 of the TIF Act, 53 PS 6903.5; and

Whereas, after such discussions, and after formal presentation on May 13, 2013, the Board of Directors of the School District have determined to Participate in the Hamilton Crossings TIF District and to allocate 50% of the positive tax increments of the School District to the financing of the redevelopment of the Hamilton Crossings TIF District; and

Whereas, the School District desires, by this Resolution, to participate in the Hamilton Crossings TIF District as hereinabove set forth and to authorize such actions as are necessary and appropriate to effectuate the purpose thereof.

Now, therefore be it resolved by the Board of Directors of the East Penn School District as follows:

     1.) The aforementioned recitals are incorporated herein as full as though the same were set forth at length.
     2.) The School District agrees to participate in the Hamilton Crossings TIF District and to allocate 50% of the School District's tax increment as defined in the TIF Act, to finance the redevelopment thereof.
     3.) Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the School District's election to participate in the Hamilton Crossings TIF District shall not, in any way, be deemed a pledge of the credit or taxing power of the School District, nor shall such participation obligate or make the School District liable for the payment of principal of, or interest on, any bonds issued by the LCIDA in connection with the tax increment financing.
     4.) The proper School District officials are authorized on behalf of the School District to take such actions and to execute and deliver such documents as may be appropriate for the implementation of the Hamilton Crossings TIF District consistent with this Resolution, including, but not by way of limitation, a Cooperation Agreement among the LCIDA, Lehigh County, Lower Macungie Township, and the School District, in form and substance consistent herewith and satisfactory to the School District Representatives with the advice of counsel.
     5.) The Secretary of the Board of Directors of the East Penn School District is hereby authorized and directed to cause a copy of this Resolution to be delivered to the Board of Commissioners of lower Macungie Township promptly after adoption hereof, but in no event later than the date on which said Board of Commissioners holds the public hearing on the Hamilton Crossings TIF District as required by the TIF Act.
     6.) All resolutions or parts thereof inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of any such inconsistency.
     7.) This resolution shall become effective immediately upon adotion this 13th day of May, 2013.
I will NOT be supporting this item. I have opposed a TIF from the very beginning. Effectively, we will be allowing a private business to put 50% of their tax payment towards infrastructure development for this proposed location. Not only are they asking for special privileges not afforded to the individual citizen, they mandated that all TIF Committee meetings be held behind closed doors. All of that said, I know this item will pass, likely by a 6-3 or 7-2 vote. Given that all but one member of the board is a registered Republican, I find this to be a disgrace to the party of which I am a member. While the Democrats spread socialism through increasing welfare and pandering to public employee unions, Republicans spread it by corporate welfare. We need to be consistent, have every taxpayer, be it a business, big business, or Joe Homeowner play by the same rules. We either believe in free markets, or we don't!

6.) 2013-14 Proposed Final Budget Adoption for East Penn School District- For the first time in my 6 or so years as a School Board director, I am inclined to support this motion. However, I believe a zero percent increase is good, but we can do better! Possible spending cuts that I'd like to see voted on (though perhaps not at this meeting) should be cuts to administration (10% across the board would be a good start) and a cut back in spending on "Purchased Professional Services". 

7.) Report of the Superintendent
   1.) District Update
   2.) Personnel- I plan on voting in favor of this item.
   3.) 2013 List of Emmaus HS Graduates- I will be voting in favor of this item. Congratulations soon-to be graduates!

8.) Facilities Accept PPL Poles and Approve Agreement- I plan to vote in favor of this item

9.) Business Operations
  1.) Bill List Approval- I plan on abstaining on this item until Ms. Donches receives the information she feels she requires
   2.) Treasurer's Report- I plan to vote in favor of this item
   3.) Appointment of Treasurer- I tentatively plan to vote in favor of this item
   4.) Appointment of Board Secretary- With respect to Ms. Birdsell, I feel approving a 4 year term contract is not in the best interests of the taxpayers. I enjoy working with Ceil and she works hard. I would prefer to see a 2 year contract or, to be consistent with item 9.3, I would like it to be a year to year contract renewal.
   5.) Designation of 2013-14 Depositories- I plan to vote in favor of this item
   6.) Authorization to participate in contracts issued by the Department of General Services for the 2013-14 year- I tentatively plan on voting in favor of this item
   7.) Authorization to participate in joint purchasing for 2013-14 year- I tentatively plan on voting in favor of this item
   8.) Record of Investments- I plan to vote in favor of this item
   9.) Parental/Guardian Transportation Contract- I will vote in favor of this item
   
10.) Announcements

11.) Adjourn            

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