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 has one of the lowest property tax millage in the area.

The Truth About “Real Estate” Taxes

What’s often quoted as “Real Estate” tax millage of 3.50 is actually composed of a 0.875 Fire Tax millage plus a 2.625 Debt Service millage. This income does NOT go into the General Fund to cover ordinary/general ongoing expenses. The former goes into the Fire Protection Fund, which pays for the Fire Chief’s salary, health insurance, etc., and contribution to the Newtown Fire Association. The latter goes toward paying off loans for road improvements, and other projects.

Don't ever believe a politician who says "Read my lips. No new taxes!" or the equivalent. I'm not a politician and I don't make promises I can't keep. If raising taxes is ever on the Board of Supervisors' agenda, I am going to do everything I can to make sure there is adequate public discussion of the options before a decision is made. It's not good enough to merely publish a notice in the Bucks County Courier Times!

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