The parade, sponsored by the Columbia Lions Club and the Sunsnappers, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 23.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Last but not least, the construction fence at the front of the Visitors Center was down again.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Council discussed having a central location for next year's event, comparing it to Hellam's and Mountville's, since Route 462 runs through both those municipalities, and people can walk along the street from one sale to the next. In Columbia, this is not feasible, since the sale would be scattered over town.
In regard to Berntheizel, she told council, “If you don't have the time, you should resign.”
“There is no tradition at the market anymore. The trust made sure of that.”
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Columbia Borough School District is beefing up security at their recently reconfigured elementary school, Park Elementary.
On Thursday, Aug. 24, the school board unanimously approved the purchase of a video surveillance system for the K-4 building, consisting of 16 video cameras and costing the district $13,220.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
|Jasmyn "Jazzy" Smith|
About 350 backpacks were given away . . .
Jazzy's dad, Stephan Smith, helped distribute balloons to attendees of the event . . .
Others enjoyed the many activities . . .
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I found an example of this with two homes of comparable square footage and selling price, both with Columbia addresses, but one sitting in West Hempfield Township. The annual property tax was 1,667.00 dollars higher in Columbia. That is enough to pay a winter heating bill for one year/season. For a person in retirement, that is a chunk of change.
A homeowner in Columbia, planning to retire at 62 years and live in their home until he or she reaches age 82 will pay well over 120,000.00 dollars in property tax to Columbia Borough during that 20 year period. Obviously that amount will rise, but is based on no increase for the sake of this study. That is like paying for the home twice. The average tax bill will be 500.00 a month! We never actually OWN the home, even if the mortgage is paid, we rent it from the borough. If homeowners were billed $500.00 a month for taxes, I wonder how many would be delinquent. That 120,000.00 dollars does not include all the tax money paid to the borough prior to retirement.
The last part that grabbed my attention was a "three- building" rental property for sale in the borough with an annual property tax of 10,762.00 dollars. This property has 13, one-bedroom units, and one commercial space. There is the potential for 13 to 26 people to reside in this apartment building. The tax on one, single family home, is as high as 6,000.00 dollars. The people living in the single family home probably are maintaining their property, thereby helping the borough's image. On the other hand, the landlord is more than likely not living in the borough and does as little as possible to maintain the property, in order to enhance his own wallet. The tax disparity is obvious.