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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 20:34

2020 Millage Rates for Barrett Township

Per pdf Resolution No. 121119B (703 KB) , Barrett Township Supervisors have set the 2020 budget and millage rates. 

For comparison purposes, I have constructed the following table showing the 2020 vs. previous millage rates:

Mills 2020  2019
General Purpose 1.7933 14.0
Park 0.096 0.75
Fire 0.2562 2.0
Library 0.1922 1.5
Road Machinery 0.16  1.25
Open Space 0.032  0.25
Ambulance 0.064  0.5
Total 2.5937 20.25

 

How is the millage rate calculated?
The county, municipality, and school district (taxing authorities) set their budgets for 2020. The taxing authority then divides its budget by the total assessed value of all property within the area it serves to arrive at a millage rate. (source

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 20:06

Barrett Voters Write in Auditor

I'm honored!  A sincere thanks to the people who voted for me. 

It looks like the article I wrote last year about "suggestions for improvements to financial statements" has already helped.  The 2018  pdf CPA audit (843 KB) is twice as long as 2017's, containing many more details than prior. 

Unfortunately, the pdf 2020 budget (212 KB) has been released and is still under the existing format, with no actual vs. estimated, no comparisons with last year, and no notes.  This makes it difficult for voters to dissect, understand, and discuss the budget. 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE REORGANIZATION MEETING TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Supervisors of Barrett Township will hold a reorganization meeting on January 6, 2020 at 9 a.m., at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. Immediately after the reorganization meeting, the Board of Supervisors will hold their regular monthly meeting. All those who are interested are invited to attend. If you are a person with a disability and require auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact the Township at (570) 595-2602 to discuss how your needs may be accommodated. WEITZMANN, WEITZMANN & HUFFMAN, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esq. 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitor P - Dec. 18

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC MEETING TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Auditors of Barrett Township will hold a public meeting at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to organize the Board by the election of a chairman and secretary and to take all other necessary and appropriate action as required by Article IX of the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. Sections 65901-65917. If any person with a disability wishes to request that special accommodations be made to allow his or her participation, he or she is asked to contact the Township at (570) 595-2602, at least one business day in advance to make arrangements. By order of the Barrett Township Board of Auditors P - Dec. 18

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:12

Giant Gingerbread House in the Poconos

(WBRE/WYOU) — A delicious holiday tradition can be enjoyed at a resort in the Poconos.

A giant gingerbread house can be found at the Skytop Lodge in Barrett Township. The sweet endeavor begins months in advance with the planning stage. Then the preparations begin.

It takes 920 eggs, 612 pounds of flour, five pounds each of ginger, sugar, and spice and hours of labor. This is the 10th year for the gingerbread house.

BARRETT TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A man died this afternoon after he was pinned underneath his vehicle in an accident in Barrett Township, Monroe County.

Police say Richard Simon was working on his car on the side of the road when it fell on top of him.

Simon’s son freed him using a car jack, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

The incident is under investigation.

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Editor's Note: Read it for yourself
  pdf Fact Finding Report (605 KB)

Update 12/13/19 @ 8:30am
Are PMSD bus drivers organizing an informal strike?

PMSD rejects fact finder’s report

On Wednesday evening the Pocono Mountain School District Board of Education voted to reject the fact finder’s recommendations regarding support staff contract negotiations. The vote was 7-1, with one abstention.

“It is with profound disappointment that our association learned of the board’s vote to reject the neutral fact finder’s recommendations for a fair settlement. We felt that his recommendations were a fair compromise that allowed both sides to move forward. Our members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the fact finder’s report. It’s frustrating to see the board’s lack of urgency to resolve this matter,” stated Dawn Cello, president of the Pocono Mountain Educational Support Professionals Association.

PUBLIC NOTICE ESTATE NOTICE ESTATE OF William James Mills a/k/a William Mills, Late of Barrett Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY in the above-named Estate having been granted to the undersigned, all indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment and those having claims are directed to present the same without delay to the undersigned or his attorney in writing four months from the date hereof and to file with the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County, Orphans Court Division, Forty-Third Judicial District, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, a particular statement of claim duly verified by an affidavit setting forth an address within the County where notice may be given to Claimant. Ms. Paris Mills 1932 Crotana Parkway, Apt 6C Bronx, NY 10460 David W. Skutnik, Esq. 729 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-476-6830 PR - December 6, 13, 20

TAKE NOTICE that on January 6, 2020 at 9 a.m., at the annual reorganization meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Barrett Township at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326, the Board intends to appoint a certified or competent public accountant or a firm of certified or competent public accountants, either of which shall be registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to perform the annual audit of all the accounts of Barrett Township for fiscal year 2019. The said public accountant or firm of public accountants shall perform the said audit in lieu of the elected auditors. This appointment shall be in accordance with Section 917 of the Second Class Township Code. WEITZMANN, WEITZMANN & HUFFMAN, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esquire 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitor P - Dec. 5

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