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Summer Classes / Events:
Local Economic Revitalization Tax (LERTA) Meeting
Monday, June 29, 2015
11:30 AM. – LUNCH PROVIDED!
Albright College Campus Center
North 13th Street and Bern Street
Program Fees: There is no cost to attend; however, you must register to provide a proper count of attendees for Lunch.
Christian Leinbach, Berks County Commissioner, Randal Haag, Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Bethel Township
Ken Pick, Director of the Berks County Community Development Department
Aaron Gantz, Marketing Director, Greater Reading Economic Partnership
This is the first in a series of meetings on economic development to address two major emerging issues in Berks County. The first issue is the lack of growth in job creation and population. The second issue is that Berks County has the second highest property tax rate among the twelve Third Class Counties in the Commonwealth and has the second highest rate among the counties which are adjacent to Berks County. Only Schuylkill County has a higher aggregate property tax rate when County, Municipal and School District taxes are combined. This workshop will identify the issues associated with the lack of population growth and rising tax rates.
At the request of Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, the Berks Municipal Partnership is sponsoring a meeting of officials from Berks’ Municipalities, School Districts, County Departments, and Economic Development officials to explore the LERTA Act and how it works. As you know, commercial and industrial development is critical to the economic health of all of Berks County and its residents. The LERTA Act works to improve these two industries exclusively, by means of improvement on blighted, underutilized and/or impoverished properties.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Any appropriate school district official (School Board members or Finance Officials) and Municipal elected or appointed officials to attend the workshop where the LERTA will be explored. The LERTA legislation is being used in numerous projects in Berks County. Commissioner Leinbach would like to introduce the idea, and details, of a County-wide program. School District personnel will be seated with their respective municipal representative to enable dialogue during lunch. The workshop will be wrapped up with a discussion on mutual programming and workshop ideas to increase the awareness and communications between municipalities and their respective school districts.
As an additional goal of the workshop, Commissioner Leinbach is interested in hearing your thoughts both positive and negative. While it must be introduced by municipalities, this workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about the legislation, how it works, and how to move forward into planning stages on this innovative business incentive program.
Berks County Boroughs Association Annual Clam Bake
Friday, July 17, 5 p.m. Maier's Picnic Grove, Blandon, Pa.
PARTNERSHIP: THE PATH TO CLEAN WATERS
BERKS COUNTY WATER AND SEWER ASSOCIATION THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JULY 29, 2015, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Albright College, Campus Center
Morning topics include: Berks County source water protection update, regulatory update, MS4 impacts on water and wastewater utilities
Afternoon topics include: Source water and MS4 mapping, discussion with Fish and Boat Commission, emerging contaminants
Who should attend: Municipal officials, water and wastewater personnel, engineers and solicitors
BCW&SA & CELG Members/Sponsors: $65 for one official - $50 for every additional official.
Non Member/Sponsors $80 for one official - $65 for each additional official.
CEU and CLE credits are available for attending the conference.
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