This blog entry has been corrected. An earlier version mistakenly labeled Thaddeus Parsell as a democrat.
Thaddeus “Ted” Parsell is a republican
A hint of good news, just in time for election season: Delaware Township supervisors may lower taxes in 2012.
That was the impression Supervisor Thaddeus Parsell gave with a quick comment at Wednesday’s supervisor meeting when the conversation landed on recent 2012 budget meetings.
“We might have some good surprises. We might be able to reduce taxes next year. We are making good progress,” Parsell said. Somebody shushed him, but I did not catch who. The budget is not done so it is a bit soon to take statements like that to the bank.
Especially considering the Delaware Volunteer Fire Department has asked the township for a $60,000-$100,000 loan for the addition of an apparatus bay on the fire house. It would amount to about 20 feet more on each side of the building.
Seated on the three member board of supervisors are republicans Robert Luciano and Thaddeus Parsell and democrat Ileana Hernandez.
Hernandez is up for re-election against aggressive Republican campaigner Tom Ryan.
Lowering township taxes is something Ryan has advocated for in campaign messages.
If the current board lowers taxes, it will take away one of his talking points.
In 2011, the total township budget, $1,843,676, was down $70,000 from 2010. Most of that, $1,292,587, comes from real estate tax.
Because the majority of Delaware residents live in private communities, the township collects from everyone but provides few services.