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.
It’s Friday, November 30, the day of the 39th annual West Chester Christmas Parade. Here’s what people are talking about this week.
Round up of new development in West Chester New condos, townhouses and apartment buildings: Carriage homes on Dean Street. The future five luxury carriage homes that will live behind the Claude Raines Manor on Dean and Church Streets are being framed and marketed. Coming soon, their Zillow listing says, at a price tag of $659,900 Daily Local … Continue reading Here We Grow Again
West Chester is a lovely town. It has been recognized for its downtown, its trees, its restaurants, its walkability. It can also be expensive. Real estate prices in the Borough and surrounding areas have been rising steadily since February 2016. With median home prices for the two zip codes that split West Chester around $180/sq … Continue reading Zip code wars – Where are the priciest homes in the Borough?