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Pocono Mountain School District’s enhanced property tax rebates for eligible property owners will continue for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

The District’s Board of Education approved the enhanced property tax rebates in April 2016, and has continued to offer the enhanced rebates each fiscal year since to provide qualifying property owners with additional tax relief above the state rebate rate.

For many years, the District matched the state rebate program established by the PA Senior Citizen’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program Act. That changed in April 2016, when the School Board passed its first resolution for the enhanced tax relief.

Pocono Mountain School District qualifying property owners will receive property tax relief as part of Pennsylvania’s broad-based property tax relief from gaming funds through the Taxpayer Relief Act, also known as Special Session Act 1 of 2006.

As required by law, the Commonwealth’s Budget Secretary certified on April 15, 2019, that $620,500,000 will be available in 2019- 2020 for state-funded local tax relief.

The property tax relief for approved property owners in Pocono Mountain School District is $444.16. This amount is based on the number of approved homesteads/farmsteads of 13,986.

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Public Hearing Re: 4767 Route 447
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 9:00am

Pennsylvania lawmakers have been hearing the same refrain for most of the year. The National Federation of Independent Businesses said it in mid-August – the commonwealth needs more skilled workers, especially truck drivers, nurses and health care workers.

Members of the House Majority Policy Committee toured several businesses in south-central Pennsylvania recently, and the common theme they heard was, “If we had more people, we would be doing more business right now,” said Rep. Barb Gleim, R-Cumberland, a member of the committee.

At the August 14, 2019 meeting, the Board appointed May LaBar to fill the Supervisor Seat vacated by Grant Hilfiger.


[Update 8/28/19 @ 10:30am - to include the following details from the Meeting Minutes]

Source:  pdf August 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes (7.02 MB)

d. Two letters were received from Grant Hilfiger to the Supervisors and the Planning Commission. The letters stated that he regretted to inform the Boards of his resignation, effective immediately. William Pipolo, Jr. made a motion to accept the letter of resignation to the Board of Supervisors. The motion was seconded by Benjie Labar and carried. All Supervisors voted aye. William Pipolo, Jr. made a motion to accept the letter of resignation to the Planning Commission. The motion was seconded by Benjie Labar and carried. All Supervisors voted aye. William Pipolo, Jr. made a motion to send Grant Hilfiger a letter, thanking him for his service. The motion was seconded by John Seese and carried. All Supervisors voted aye.

g. William Pipolo, Jr. made a motion to appoint May Labar to fill the position as Supervisor. The motion was seconded by Benjie Labar and carried. All Supervisors voted aye.


A Canadensis man was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for charges stemming from an illegal crystal methamphetamine operation.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced on Wednesday, August 21 that James Counterman, 56, was charged for the distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crystal methamphetamine, in addition to money laundering.

PUBLIC NOTICE SHERIFF'S SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE By virtue of a certain Writ of Execution (Mortgage Foreclosure) issued out of the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to 1878 CIVIL 2018, I, Todd A. Martin, Sheriff of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will expose the following described real estate to public sale in the Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 26, 2019 AT 10:00 A.M. PURCHASERS MUST IMMEDIATELY PAY 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE OR SHERIFF'S COST...WHICHEVER IS HIGHER BY CASHIERS CHECK ALL THAT CERTAIN lot, parcel or piece of land situate in the Township of Barrett, County of Monroe and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at an iron on the easterly line of Pine Tree Drive, said iron being the southwesterly corner of Lot No. 412 as shown on map entitled, "Plotting II, Spruce Hill Farms, Jacob Keuler, 17 August 1970"; thence along Lot No. 412, S 75 degrees 21 minutes 10 second" E 400.00 feet to and iron; thence along Lot No. 408 as shown on Plotting III, Spruce Hill Farms, S 14 degrees 48 minutes 50 second W 220.00 feet to an iron; thence along Lot No. 410 as shown on Plotting III, Spruce Hill Farms, N 75 degrees 21 minutes 10 second W 400.00 feet to an iron on the easterly line of Pine Tree Drive; thence along the easterly line of Pine Tree of Pine Tree Drive; thence along the easterly line of Pine Tree Drive N 14 degree 38 minutes 50 second E 220.00 feet to the place of BEGINNING. CONTAINING 2.02 acres, more or less. BEING all of Lot No. 411, as shown on said map. BEING THE SAME PREMISES which Donna M. Stettler, now known as Donna M. Rudelavage, a single woman, by deed dated 8/5/2008 and recorded 8/18/2008 in Book 2340 Page 5960 conveyed to Nicholas J. Digirolamo and Joan I. Digirolamo, husband and wife and the said Nicholas J. Digirolamo departed this life on 1/13/2013 and the said Joan I. Digirolamo departed this life on 9/25/2013, vesting title solely in Roy E. Digirolamo as Executor of the Estate of Joan I. Digirolamo, Deceased. Pin #: 01639801467481 Tax Code #: 01/6/1/19-85 SEIZED AND TAKEN IN EXECUTION AS THE PROPERTY OF: ROY E. DIGIROLAMO AS EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF JOAN I. DIGIROLAMO, DECEASED TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND CLAIMANTS: "All Property Owners' Associations (POA) who wish to collect the most recent six months unpaid dues in accordance with their statutory lien under the Uniform Planned Community Act of 68 PA. C.S.A. 5315(b)(2)(ii) must provide the Sheriff's Office at least two weeks before the Sheriff's Sale with written notification of the amount of the lien and state that "such amount is for the past six months prior to the Sheriff's Sale only." Any sale which does not receive such notification from a POA will not be collected at the time of Sheriff's Sale." A schedule of proposed distribution for the proceeds received from the above captioned sale will be on file in the Office of the Sheriff within thirty (30) days from the date of the sale. Distribution in accordance therewith will be made within ten (10) days thereafter unless exceptions are filed within said time. Todd A. Martin Sheriff of Monroe County Pennsylvania KEVIN G MCDONALD, ESQUIRE Sheriff's Office Stroudsburg, PA Barry J. Cohen, Sheriff's Solicitor PR - Aug 23, 30; Sept 6

Update from August 28, 2019 Meeting Minutes:
One bid was received from Flat Rock Equipment LLC for 1997 John Deere Athey 7-12D Belt Loader in the amount of $ 22,500.00. William Pipolo, Jr. made a motion to accept the bid. The motion was seconded by John Seese and carried. All Supervisors voted aye.


PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids will be publicly opened and read by the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting scheduled to be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326 for the purchase of the following belt loader or its equal: John Deere Athey 7-12D Diesel Engine Hydrostatic Transmission Straight Conveyor Year: 1995-2000 Under 3000 hours Good to excellent condition The Township Secretary shall receive all bids by 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2019. All bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked "2019 Belt Loader." Clear title shall be transferred to the Township by bill of sale and the equipment shall be delivered by September 27, 2019. Each bid must be accompanied by a proposal security in the amount of ten (10%) percent of the amount bid in the form of a certified check, bank cashier's check, or satisfactory bid bond naming as payee "Barrett Township." A contract may be awarded during the meeting on August 28, 2019 or at a subsequent public meeting the date and time of which will be announced after bids are opened. The Barrett Township Board of Supervisors reserves the right to reject any or all bids or parts thereof, and to waive any defects or irregularities in the proposals. The Board further reserves the right to reject any proposal deemed not to be in the best interest of the Township. By: Barrett Township Board of Supervisors P - Aug. 14, Aug. 19

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