Why is it that the School District, more than any other local institution, brings the national debates to our doorstep? This week I break down the latest controversy. Plus, one of West Chester’s more neglected neighborhoods is being marketed as a high-end development opportunity. What’s this mean for affordable housing in the Borough? Plus, events are back, baby! Check out the many ways you can lose yourself this weekend.
While West Chester gets ready for a big local election cycle, West Chester Area School District releases its preliminary 2021-22 budget and spoiler alert – it looks like another tax increase is in our future. Plus, what it’s like to rent in West Chester and exactly how many people do it – I was shocked – and a new public arts program looks to bring music to your Sundays. Mid-May. Can you believe it? No, but here we are.
Sure, zoning might not be the most exciting topic out there but these changes could affect your drinking, your parking and your property values. So, maybe worth a few minutes of your time?
Say goodbye to the old Daily Local headquarters, construction begins on the new West Chester Crossing. The West Chester Area School District shares their plan to vaccinate teachers and a new small business grant opportunity. Plus, has anyone heard of this West Chester game store? Apparently they have over 3000 titles. Take that Game Stop. Who’s ready? Let’s begin.
Before we leave 2020 to be officially dissected in the history books, I wanted to follow up on one last thing – the Borough real estate tax increase. To meet 2021 fiscal responsibilities Borough Council enacted a six percent tax increase on all taxable property in the Borough – but exactly how much is a six percent increase going to cost? Here’s how to find out.
A jaw-dropping Borough Finance committee meeting leads to a number of surprising revelations, but no real answers to the budget problems. Plus, restaurants get ready for expanded indoor occupancy just in time for fall and West Chester Area School District navigates the best way to teach a sensitive subject remotely. Let’s take a moment, before we begin.
As we’ve known for a while now, the Borough of West Chester is in a bit of a financial crisis. Last month the Borough Department heads met to make their initial 2021 budget presentations to the Borough’s Finance and Revenue committee and the general takeaway is, if nothing changes, the Borough is expecting a nearly $1.7-million-dollar deficit to its general fund next year. There are generally two ways to deal with a deficit: cut projects or raise taxes.
A surprise Borough Council resignation, lots of questions surround the School District’s fall reopening plan and West Chester playgrounds reopen – at your own risk. Plus, Bar Avalon gets a makeover and the best masks out there. Happy near Fourth everyone! Let’s get this party started.
The latest updates on the Borough Summer Camp program including when to register and the former home of Steak-Umm, steak slices, has a new owner. Plus, Super Bowl Sunday. Grab your wings and let’s get started.
Happy October. Fall activities are everywhere. West Chester Co-op is presented an opportunity for a grocery that just may be too good to pass up. Plus, West Chester’s new signage program, the latest area crime data, and seven school cafeterias were visited by the health inspector last month. See how they fared.