Politics

Note: This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com

 

I attended the supervisor meeting on June 22, 2010 to express my displeasure as a member of the community about the Blue Ridge Communications franchise fee. My concern was with an exclusive franchise agreement in place, our service would suffer, as there is (and was) no other choice of TV / Internet service provider.  What will motivate Blue Ridge to improve their services with no competition?

However, the meeting minutes indicate the exact opposite:

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:33

Gaming Funds Received since 2016: $0.00?

Note: This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com

 

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

Please note that this article has been updated to include details about the $148,270 grant that was used to renovate the Barrett Firehouse.

Earlier this year, I filed a right to know request with Barrett Township requesting "documentation of all moneys received related to the Mount Airy Casino since 2014."

The response from the township was as follows:

(This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com)

 

Disclaimer:  The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

Earlier this year I filed a Right-to-Know request as a private citizen to view the township’s pension plan.

 

Why should residents care?

Well, for starters, township residents were taxed $55,000 in 2017 to fund the plan which has around $1 million in assets.  In the same year, the State of Pennsylvania contributed an additional $32,000 to the pension fund.  

Monday, 04 February 2019 20:28

This is NOT an audit of Barrett Township

(This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com)

 

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or its Board of Auditors. 

After I was appointed auditor in November 2018, I requested a copy of the previous year’s CPA audit from Pam Gardsy (Barrett Township Secretary/Treasurer, who replaced Rick Scrudato in 2015).  Pam emailed a copy of the auditor’s report, but it did not include the cover letter.  I wound up filing two Right-To-Know requests to obtain the following information:  

Many people have heard of Bitcoin and if you’ve done any research on the overall adoption of blockchain-based money is the speed at which transactions take place.  They are too slow for Bitcoin to replace the much-faster methods that Visa and MasterCard use.  It needs to be able to handle many transactions per minute.  

The advantage, however, is that blockchain based record-keeping is extremely reliable.  Bitcoin has proven this because the blockchain is available to anyone, you can go back and look up the very first bitcoin transaction.  Any bitcoin transaction is permanently logged, and that’s by design.  

First, I'm not a CPA and I am not offering any tax advice.  I came across the new pdf2018 W4 form and wanted to share my findings when I compared it to the pdf2017 form.  See images below.  The screenshots have the 2017 version on the left, and the new 2018 version on the right. 

It seems the deductions for children for lowest income bracket are now worth double (4) compared to 2017 (2): 

w4-comparison-1

 

The standard deductions also doubled:  

w4-comparison-2

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Now you get to do the work that China won’t.

The huge dirty secret of recycling was also one of the world’s worst polluters.

Every branch of government from Washington D.C. to your local town council had spent a fortune convincing people that recycling is a magical process that turns your old pizza boxes into new pizza boxes while creating those imaginary “green jobs” in the community. The reality was a lot dirtier.

All of America’s industries, including trash sorting, had been outsourced to China.

And recycling is just a fancy lefty way of saying "trash." All that recycling, which children in progressive communities are taught to sort as the closest thing to a religious ritual, was really being dumped by the ton on dirty ships and sent over to China. We weren’t recycling it. The Chinese were.

But now China is banning foreign recycling because it’s bad for the environment.

(This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com)

[Update 4/12/18]
At the Supervisor's Meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, it was announced that the appeal was decided in favor of the supervisors.  Stay tuned for further updates.  

[Update 9/13/17]
At the Supervisor's Meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, it was announced that the supervisors have appealed the zoning board's decision.  Stay tuned for further updates.  

I recently watched this video about the upcoming British vote to leave the European Union.  As an American citizen, I found it very enlightening, even though not 100% relevant to me.

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