Sunday, June 17, 2007

Kings Mill Zoning Hearing - Round 13 Reminder

The Kings Mill zoning challenge hearing is still underway. Little if anything has been written in the local press about the last half dozen meetings so it's easy to understand that it just slipped your mind.

At Round 12, on May 21st, the presentation sides shifted and the Township began its defense with two witnesses. Here╩╝s the FAC website account of the last session:

" Margaret Dissinger, VP of Land Development for Omega Homes (Penn's Ridge) and Jeffrey Bader, EASD Business Manager. Dissinger testified that although Omega intended to build apartments, market conditions changed and the money was in townhouses. Bader testified that the annual per student cost, exclusive of buildings, is $12,000. School tax money realized from a typical townhouse is $2,500 - a net deficit of approximately $9,500! If the townhouse has two students, that deficit becomes $21,500 - $9,500 for the first student plus $12,000 for each additional one. Bader also said that a development of this size could double our school taxes! DOUBLE! Please read Christina Georgiou's thorough coverage of the testimony in the May 24, 2007 edition of The Easton News."
We won't know until Monday night who the Township's witnesses will be. However, we urge you to attend. Bring your friends. The winner of this battle is crucial to Forks' future -- whether or not your land abuts the Farmland Preservation acreage being contested. After all, who among us can afford a 100% increase in our steep school taxes?

Round 13 is convenes Monday night (June 18) at 7:30 PM in the air conditioned Municipal Building.

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