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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Thankful for backing tax relief 

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  •  By Tim Sohn?News Eagle correspondent?SHOHOLA- The Shohola Board of Supervisors will send a letter of thanks to the Pike County Commissioners and the Delaware Valley School District for approving a five-year tax abatement program that will help new businesses and existing ones looking to make improvements in Pike County.?In March, Shohola was the first township to approve the abatement. Qualifying businesses will receive a 90 percent tax abatement in the first year, 80 percent in the second year, 60 percent in the third year, 40 percent in the fourth year, and 20 percent in the fifth year. The initiative was spearheaded by Michael Sullivan, executive director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce.?Aaron Robinson of the township Planning Commission suggested to the board at its May 9 monthly meeting that it send a letter of thanks, and the board unanimously approved the recommendation.?“It’s a big deal because Shohola is really the first and now the only township that has total coverage, meaning that all the different municipal components have agreed to participate in the program, so a business wanting to come in or expand would get the full benefit of the tax abatement,” said Robinson.?Supervisor Keith Raser asked for a round of applause for the Planning Commission for the work they did to make the tax abatement program a reality.?In other news:?The Shohola Park & Recreation Committee is hosting the annual Community Cleanup Day on May 18 from 8 to 3 p.m. at the township municipal building, 159 Twin Lakes Road. Electronics, furniture, appliances, tires, etc., will be accepted. To find out pricing information, visit http://shoholatwp.org/event/community-clean-up-day.?Chairman George Fluhr Jr. said replacement of the Pond Eddy Bridge has been given the green light by both New York and Pennsylvania.?According to Diana Blume, township secretary/treasurer, a cardio-exerciser, a Tai Chi wheel, and a rowing machine will be added to Rhoman Park. Installation will be completed by the township, instead of hired outside help. The supervisors also approved the hiring of an electrician for when the new pavilion goes up at the park. Jenni Hamill said there will be temporary closures of the park when the pavilion is being installed in the next few weeks.?Fluhr asked Shohola residents to notify the township if there are potholes on their roads so they can be filled. He said he sent an email to PennDOT, and he received a response saying that by June 21 potholes will be filled on Lackawaxen Road.?Raser recently attended the annual convention of the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors. “I made a lot of good contacts, and it was well worth the effort to go,” he said.?Board of Supervisors meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at the township building, 159 Twin Lakes Road, Shohola.
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