John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Fiscal Responsibility: John Mack's Position

I will work to keep Newtown’s property tax one of the lowest in the region while at the same time providing the services that residents expect to improve their property values.

For the past few years, Newtown Township’s spending has exceeded its revenues, due primarily to the loss of Earned Income Tax (EIT) dollars from the closing of Lockheed Martin. 

Despite promises made by our Board of Supervisors (BOS) majority, the purchase of the Lockheed property by KVK Tech has not produced one new job, nor replaced any of that lost revenue.  The result – a loss of $700,000 annually of EIT revenue. 

This deficit spending cannot continue. 

Of course, people are concerend about taxes. One respondent to my survey, however, put it into perspective: "Of course no one likes paying taxes, but so long as the services they pay for are desirable and clear to see, they are worth it. Progressive Taxes are the basis of a civilized society. Thank you for this chance to state my views."

Meanwhile, Newtown Township has one of the lowest property tax millage in the area. The following chart compares the 2018 property tax millage of Newtown to several other local municipalities each of which - like Newtown - has a 1% EIT.

The Truth About “Real Estate” Taxes

What’s often quoted as Newtown's “Real Estate” tax millage is actually composed several components dedicated to specific funds or projects. These are (1) 2.625 Mills for debt services purposes (to pay off loans for road improvements, and other projects), (2) 0.875 Mills for fire protection (Fire Chief’s salary, health insurance, etc.), (3) 0.55 Mills for fire hydrant maintenance, and (4) 0.45 Mills for the Newtown Ambulance Squad. 0.0 Mills are collected for "general" purposes. Thus, residents know exactly what they get for their taxes.

Meanwhile, Council Rock School District’s real estate tax rate of 120.71 mills, which is 27 times bigger than the township's millage rate. The CRSD also collects one-half of township’s 1% earned income tax, as well as an occupation of $40 to $320 per wage earner, the revenue from which isn’t shared with the township.

 

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