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PA Property Tax Described as Essential to Maintaining Public Schools but...

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A proposal to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania is being met with a chorus of different viewpoints. Legislators, representatives of disparate organizations and residents weighed in on the thorny topic.

Toomey Pushes for Legislation to Make It Easier to Donate Food...

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To encourage charities and businesses to donate excess food to organizations that can distribute that food to the needy, the entity doing the donating is generally exempt from any legal liability provided that the donation is made “in good faith.”

Election Reforms in Effect for April 28 Primary

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Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater voter participation will be in place for the upcoming April 28 Primary Election.

Shapiro Suing Delta Auto Protect in Repair Scam

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against extended automobile warranty company Delta Auto Protect. The suit seeks reimbursement for consumers and repair shops which fell victim to a car repair scam.

Legislation Creating First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account Ok’d by Senate

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The state Senate recently approved legislation to create a First Time Homebuyers Savings Account in Pennsylvania.

Legislature Sends Opioid Bill To Governor Wolf

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Legislation aimed at strengthening oversight of opioid prescriptions and reducing the risk of drug abuse has been sent to the governor for consideration, according to State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).

John Thierwechter Hired as Assistant County Administrator

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Franklin County’s Director of Emergency Services John Thierwechter moves to a new role this month as the county’s assistant administrator.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Pair of Bills Designed to Aid Fire, EMS...

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Two bills designed to bolster fire and emergency services in Pennsylvania now head to the state House after senators passed them unanimously.

Senate Adopts Mastriano Resolution Marking Desert Shield & Storm Anniversary

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A resolution introduced by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) that marked the anniversary of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm recently received approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Chambersburg Taking Applications for CDBG Funding

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The Borough of Chambersburg is accepting applications for its 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Chambersburg Cuts Its Electric Rate

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Chambersburg's electric customers will see power bills drop. The Borough Manager estimates most customers will soon see bills drop by about $2 a month.

Lawmakers, Advocates Rally For Property Tax Reform

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For Pennsylvania lawmakers who see the state’s rising property taxes as an intolerable burden on the state’s fixed-income residents, Monday was a day to try to rally support for repealing the taxes.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Opens

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Forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2019.

Brady Strite is Franklin County’s Employee of Month For January

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Franklin County Emergency Services Telecommunicator Brady Strite is the county’s Employee of the Month for January.

PSP Cadet Program Taking Applications for Summer Program

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The Pennsylvania State Police will host Southcentral Camp Cadet from June 7-12 at York College. The week-long law enforcement program developed by and coordinated through the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop H, gives teens a taste of life as a police recruit.

State Appoints Justin Slep to Veterans Services Advisory Committee

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Justin Slep, Director of the Franklin County Office of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed to the newly established Advisory Committee on the Coordination of Veterans Services.

Chambersburg Changes Ambulance Fee Billing

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A month into the new year, Chambersburg is already making changes to the way it collects its new $7 monthly ambulance fee.

Black and Davison Law Group to Provide Solicitor Services for Franklin...

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The Franklin County Solicitor position provides legal counsel and advice for the Board of Commissioners.

State House Takes Stand Against Human Trafficking

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Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives today passed a package of bills aimed at combating human trafficking.

It’s Tax Time Again, Is Your 2019 Tax Return Ready?

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Franklin County taxpayers can begin filing their 2019 tax year returns later this month but don't let that stop you from preparing your return.

Completing the Census is Easier Than Ever

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Big changes are coming to this year’s census, and it isn’t a citizenship question. Instead, it’s the addition of a new way of submitting data for the 2020 census.

Progress Update: Court Facility Improvement Project

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The multi-faceted Franklin County Court Facility Improvement project is progressing on schedule and continues to be within budget according to Project Manager John Hart.

McGrath Named 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year

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Franklin County’s Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Kathleen “Kati” McGrath, is Pennsylvania’s 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year.

Franklin County Adult Probation Gains New Deputy Chief and Officer

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President Judge Shawn D. Meyers administered an Oath of Office last week to the 39th Judicial District’s newest Adult Probation employees.

PA Takes Action to Combat Human Trafficking

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Pennsylvania’s legislature is working to combat a widespread, hidden human trafficking problem in the state while recognizing National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Alice Elia Heads 2020 Chambersburg Council

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Chambersburg’s Borough Council made history this week with the election of its first woman president. Alice Alia became Chambersburg’s top elected official after being chosen Monday night to head Borough Council.

County Commissioners Add Quarterly Night Meetings

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Franklin County Commissioners are adding some night meetings to their 2020 board meeting schedule. Commissioners approved four extra meetings a year, to be held in municipalities outside Chambersburg, the county seat.

New Judge, Other Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

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Franklin and Fulton County’s newest judge took her place Friday on the bench with the 39th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas.

$267K Awarded to Franklin County Community Projects

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A dozen different projects will receive $267,000 in funding this year through Franklin County ‘s Tourism and Quality of Life Enhancement Grant.

Commissioners Approve 2020 Budget, Library Tax Resolution

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The budget does not increase the county real estate tax but does add an extra 1/4 mill to the library tax.

House Approves ‘Smart Justice’ Package

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In an effort to better protect the public and prison corrections staff by ensuring dangerous criminals are held accountable, the House passed a package of bills this week known as the “Smart Justice” package, said Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which first vetted the bills.

County Looks at Increasing Library System Funding

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Franklin County Commissioners are looking at a request from the Franklin County Library System (FCLS) for funding to maintain its buildings, services, and staff.

Kauffman: Putting PA on the Path to Better Health

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With the goal of building a #HealthierPA, Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, said he is supporting several bills designed to remove barriers to treatment and better assess behavioral health and other needs.

Chambersburg Council to Talk About Curbs, Sidewalks Next Month

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Town Council will conduct a Public Hearing Dec. 9 to review and discuss a Curb and Sidewalk Installation Plan/Map, and consider approving it by Ordinance.

$160M Franklin County Tentative 2020 Budget: No Tax Increase

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Franklin County Commissioners approved a tentative 2020 $157,971,700 budget on Tuesday. This represents a $5.7 million decrease from the preliminary budget proposed in October.

Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month

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Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month.

Chambersburg Residents Are Winners In Landfill Electricity Deal

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Chambersburg residents have been using electricity from a landmark landfill-gas-to-electricity power plant at Progressive Waste’s Blue Ridge Landfill in Scotland for five years now.

Judiciary Committee to Vote on Criminal Justice Reform Measures

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The House Judiciary Committee will hold a voting meeting Tuesday to consider the following bills, which focus on criminal justice reforms:

Medical Emergencies Happen: EMS Chief, Borough Manager Talk About Importance Of...

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Medical emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. When they do, most people reach for the phone and call 911.

Chambersburg to Host Active Transportation Course

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Local residents interested in finding alternative ways to get around town can explore ‘active’ transportation alternatives next month.

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