Board of Supervisors

 

 

Kevin R. Kuhn, Chairman - Charles A. Philips, Vice Chairman

Paul J. Hogan - Michael J. Rodgers - Hugh D. Willig

 

April 8, 2008

 

Dear Charlestown Resident:

 

Charlestown Township has developed an incredibly successful Open Space Preservation Program since starting in 2000. In that short time we have added 820 permanently preserved acres to the township, bringing total preserved land in Charlestown to over 21%! In the recent newsletter, you received details of our many accomplishments.

 

The Supervisors have placed the following Referendum Question on the Primary Ballot for April 22nd.

 

Do you favor the imposition of a tax on the earned income of township residents by Charlestown Township at the rate of one half of one percent (½%) to be used to  preserve, conserve, and acquire open space property interests, open space uses, and farmland?

 

The Board will be increasing the current Earned Income Tax (EIT) in 2009 by an additional ½% to continue preservation efforts. A yes vote on this referendum will accomplish two important things. It will obligate this board and any future board to use these funds only for open space preservation and it prevents the Great Valley School District from taking the additional ½% for school funding. It keeps the funds in Charlestown.

 

The Supervisors want to preserve land now before itŐs simply too costly and ultimately too late, and have many projects currently in need of financing. In this window of opportunity, the Board can leverage additional EIT funds through municipal borrowing at very attractive rates. Once preservation is accomplished the income is used to retire the debt and the EIT is discontinued.

 

Charlestown residents have long committed both politically and financially to preservation. We cannot let up, particularly now. Construction of the Turnpike Interchange is scheduled to begin this fall and, once completed in 2010, development pressure will rapidly escalate. Other Turnpike Interchanges (e.g. Willow Grove, Morgantown, King of Prussia) are a cautionary experience for what can happen. The current decline in the economy presents an opportunity to preserve open space before real estate values surge upwards again.

 

The Supervisors believe that aggressive preservation together with our solid development ordinances will maintain the beauty that brought so many of us here to live and to raise our families.

 

Thank You,

 

Charlestown Township

Board of Supervisors