The meeting agenda of the Manchester Township Board of Supervisors proceeded on schedule until a correspondence from the PSATS News Bulletin was read, creating much discussion.
The meeting agenda of the Manchester Township Board of Supervisors proceeded on schedule until a correspondence from the PSATS News Bulletin was read, creating much discussion. The topic was Governor Rendell’s suggestions on how to bring more income to the State coffers through changes in taxes. The governor has asked lawmakers to support new taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco, changes to the state sales tax, and a new natural gas extraction tax.
Specifically, the governor suggested reduction of the state sales tax from 6 to 4 percent and levying it on additional products and services currently exempt , such as advertising, candy and gum, textbooks, dry cleaning, catering, legal fees, newspapers and personal hygiene products. Food, clothing and medicine would continue to be exempt.
The governor’s plan continued to propose a tax on oil and gas extraction. Companies would be charge 5 percent of the value of the natural gas at the wellhead, plus 4.7 cents per 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas taken from the ground.
Local governments would reportedly receive 10 percent of the proceeds. The PSATS (PA State Association of Township Supervisors) is urging the General Assembly to increase the local share to 25 percent, much of which would go to host municipalities that are shouldering the largest impacts from natural gas drilling.
Supervisor Don Stalker and Laura Travis, Sec. /Treas. were absent due to a four day seminar in Hershey, PA of township supervisors. With only four residents in attendance, discussion was very open. Although the governor’s suggestions got a lukewarm response from the General Assembly, meeting attendants found much fodder for questions and discussion on how the increased income would be welcome to Manchester.