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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:54

Reassessed Property Values - How to Appeal

Update:
There is a very good thread on NextDoor about the county reassessment.  

If you are a homeowner, the following information will likely be of interest to you: In Monday’s Pocono Record, there is a front-page article about the property tax reassessments that are currently taking place in Monroe County. Here is a link to that article.  

This is the website that you should visit on March 1, 2019: http://agencies.monroecountypa.gov/monroepa_prod_dnn/ Then, if you don’t agree with the new reassessed value of your home, you can file an appeal (the appeal information is shown on this site). As of March, the site will also show the local “comps” that were used to compute the market value of your house.

SR 447 will close both directions for bridge replacement work from the intersection of Golf Drive to the intersection of Long Road in Barrett Township, Monroe County. A detour is established utilizing SR390 North to Roemersville Road to Hemlock Grove Road and back to SR 447. Work will begin 03/25/19 and Estimated Date and Time to Reopen (ETR) will be 08/30/19.

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING INTENT TO ENACT AN ORDINANCE TAKE NOTICE that the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to ordain and enact an ordinance authorizing Barrett Township to enter into, with Paradise Township, a Second Amendment to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, dated April 8, 2004, originally establishing a regional joint park and recreation board to operate, administer, and maintain the three (3) properties jointly owned by Barrett and Paradise Townships and the Borough of Mount Pocono, and the First Amendment thereto, dated March 16, 2015, which removed the Borough of Mount Pocono as a participant in the regional joint park and recreation board and reorganized and renamed the new regional joint park and recreation board on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8 a.m. The hearing will be held at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, PA 18326. The Board will consider adopting and enacting the ordinance as well as other business coming before the Board at that time.

Monday, 18 February 2019 21:33

Gaming Funds Received since 2016: $0.00?

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

Please note that this article has been updated to include details about the $148,270 grant that was used to renovate the Barrett Firehouse.

Earlier this year, I filed a right to know request with Barrett Township requesting "documentation of all moneys received related to the Mount Airy Casino since 2014."

The response from the township was as follows:

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING The Zoning Hearing Board of Barrett Township has scheduled a public hearing in the Barrett Township Municipal Building in Cresco, Pennsylvania on March 5, 2019, at 6 p.m., for consideration of a Variance Application. The Applicant is Barrett Township. The Township seeks relief from the 50-foot lot line setback requirement in Section 1003, subsection C.5.a of the Barrett Township Zoning Ordinance so it may develop an outdoor recreation facility (playground, paths and parking) in a proposed municipal park. The Township is seeking relief because the property is narrow. The property is located at Route 390, Cresco, PA 18326 and is owned by the Applicant. The property contains 1.09 acres and has the tax parcel identification number 01-6376-02-77-4045. It is in a Residential (R) zoning district and is unimproved land. Notice of this public hearing is given in accordance with the Barrett Township Zoning Ordinance and the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, as amended. Richard L. Price, Jr., Chairman Ralph Fish, Jr., Member Jill Shoesmith, Member BARRETT TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD ALAN PRICE YOUNG, ESQUIRE Barrett Township Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor Young & Haros, LLC 802 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360-1602 PR - Feb. 15, Feb. 22
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:15

Short Term Rental Article + Example Ordinance

Paradise Township passes short-term rental ordinance 

(From 2017)

Paradise Township supervisors unanimously approved a controversial ordinance regulating short-term rentals following a hearing Monday night.

The ordinance sets rules and standards for homeowners who rent their properties for between one and 30 days. Its intention is to provide for the health, welfare and safety of renters, but also includes protections for surrounding neighbors.

The Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains’ Banners Throughout Barrett campaign is a local initiative designed to cultivate pride in our community and contribute to the revitalization of Barrett and Paradise Townships. Complete the form (see attachments) to purchase a banner.

Disclaimer:  The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

Earlier this year I filed a Right-to-Know request as a private citizen to view the township’s pension plan.

 

Why should residents care?

Well, for starters, township residents were taxed $55,000 in 2017 to fund the plan which has around $1 million in assets.  In the same year, the State of Pennsylvania contributed an additional $32,000 to the pension fund.  

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 01:28

This is NOT an audit of Barrett Township

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or its Board of Auditors. 

After I was appointed auditor in November 2018, I requested a copy of the previous year’s CPA audit from Pam Gardsy (Barrett Township Secretary/Treasurer, who replaced Rick Scrudato in 2015).  Pam emailed a copy of the auditor’s report, but it did not include the cover letter.  I wound up filing two Right-To-Know requests to obtain the following information:  

Gov. Wolf stalled the release until after the election

More than 11,000 people who were registered to vote in Pennsylvania were found to not be citizens of the United States — and the state's Democratic governor didn't want anyone to know about it.

What's the story?
Two Republican state lawmakers, Reps. Daryl Metcalfe and Garth Everett, released the information Tuesday. Metcalfe had requested this information from the state in February 2018, but the request was appealed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and stalled until Dec. 3, after the elections had already wrapped up.

On Dec. 3, the Pennsylvania Department of State sent a letter to Metcalfe, which indicated that a "possible" 11,198 voter registrations existed for people who were identified by the state as non-citizens.

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