Sunday, March 26, 2017

Columbia School District overspent by three quarters of a million dollars

The Columbia Borough School District exceeded its general fund budget appropriation by $732,000 in the last fiscal year, according to a 2015-16 Audit Report from Sager, Swisher, and Company. Mike Reiner, a partner in the accounting firm, announced the finding when he presented the report to the school board at its March meeting. When a resident questioned where the money went, Keith Ramsey, acting business manager for the district, said the majority of the overspending was due to a doubling up of transportation costs. The district moved from one carrier, IU13, to the Hempfield School District. Due to the way the IU bills through the transportation subsidy, the cost for the previous year was contained in the figure, essentially making it a double expenditure, according to Ramsey. Going forward, such costs will be only those of Hempfield.

The report also showed a budget of $20,700,000 for the 2015-16 fiscal year, with expenditures of $21,400,000.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Columbia man sworn in as ORCA animal cruelty officer

Jeremy Robinson, 28, of Columbia, who served as a humane society police officer with the Organization for Responsible Care of Animals about six years ago, was recently sworn in as the organization's second badged officer, joining John Kondravy.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Defends property tax reform bill | Letters To The Editor

School property tax elimination would not shift the tax burden onto regular, hardworking citizens. 

Route 30 reopen after report of shots being fired

Route 30 has reopened after police investigated a report that occupants of one vehicle shot at another vehicle during rush hour, according to Springettsbury Township Police.

What are those basketball things on the wires near Columbia?

What are those basketball-like structures on wires beneath the Route 30 bridge over the Susquehanna River at Columbia? 

Police raising concerns about "narcan parties" offering drugs and antidote to users