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Intelligencer (Newspaper) - April 4, 1990, Doylestown, Pennsylvania Have seder menu accent vegetables 2nd satellite news a ii wednesday april 4, 1990 c edition today mostly Cloudy and Breezy. High 46-49. Thurs Day mostly Cloudy. High 55-58. Details. Pace a 2. Vol 10o no. So 1990 Calkins newspapers inc. Doylestown a. For Home delivery Call 345-3020 35 conflict charges outlined by Jan Murphy staff writer performing electrical inspections for a private firm at the same time he was conducting building inspections for Doyles town township posed a conflict of interest for Robert n. Liv Ingston according to township manager David r. Jones. This conflict contributed to Jones decision on March 20 to suspend Livingston of Quaker town from his position As town ship building zoning officer with the intent to dismiss him. Livingston could not be reached for comment tuesday. In a March 26 letter to livings ton Jones accused Livingston of violating several other non uni formed township employee rules and regulation. They Are theft or other dishonesty. Neglect of duty. Insubordination. Jones allegations were made i Public at tuesday s supervisors meeting. The supervisors will serve As judge and jury when Livingston and his attorney Ste Ven a. Cotlar refute the charges at a Public hearing set for . May 8 at the township build ing said supervisor chairman Jeffrey m. Williams. Livingston has been employed by the township for approximately five years. For the past four years Jones said Livingston held a part time Job with inspections inc. Of War minister an electrical inspection underwriter. You knew or had reason to know your outside employment with code inspections inc., specifically As it relates to inspections you made in Doylestown township was indeed a conflict of interest with your Job As build ing Jones said. He said Livingston was Dishon est for not reporting his outside employment with the township and used the initials of the Pri vate firm s president James r. See township on Page a 4 stealth fighter the f-117a stealth fighter Jet shown above has been in operation since 1983, with each of the 59 jets costing million according to figures released by the Pentagon. Story Page a 11. A photo pollution controls Are approved Washington a the Senate overwhelmingly approved sweeping air pollution controls on automobiles factories and Power plants tuesday after a decade of struggle Over whether to strengthen Federal clean air Laws. The new controls which Are estimated to Cost the Economy billion a year when they go fully into effect were approved by a vote of 89-11. President Bush speaking in Indianapolis in and Vance of Senate action called it a historic vote that would affect generations to come As we work to build a cleaner safer after the vote presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said we re pleased and Well work for passage in the Senate approval shifted the clean air debate to the House where a similar Bill is being written by the Index in Dot actors its steepest drop in Doylestown Hospital Pine run acquisition eyed by Edward Levenson staff writer Doylestown. Hospital is examining the possibility of buying the Pine run Community retirement and health care Complex in Doylestown township. Pine run would serve As a step Down facility for older people Dis charged from Doylestown Hospital who need rehabilitation nursing care or monitoring in a structured Environ ment according to the Hospital this would Cut Hospital costs by reducing the length of stay boost Hospi Tal admissions and increase support services a Hospital newsletter says. Doylestown Hospital has hired the National accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand to determine the feasibility of owning Pine run which was appraised at million in 1988. Beth Ann Neill the Hospital s director of Community relations and Mark eting said purchasing Pine run is being considered because it would Benefit senior citizens in the area. It s an Extension of our she said. We re committed to meeting the health care needs of the commune the analysis will examine whether the Hospital can afford to take on a major new responsibility while in the Middle of a million expansion and renovation project at its West state Street site. The 213-bed Hospital is among three dozen or so parties that have requested information from the owner about purchasing the 41-acre property at ferry and Iron Hill roads. Pine run owned by a subsidiary of horizon financial of upper South Ampton was one of properties nationwide listed for Sale in january see Pine run on Page a 4 the Energy and Commerce committee. Rep. John Dingell d-mich., the panel s chairman said he plans to have the committee vote by week s end and expects floor action next month. Differences in the Senate and House measures will then still have to be worked out. Senate majority Leader George Mitchell a Maine acknowledged the new requirements would be expensive to Industry but argued the costs of inaction will be higher than the Cost of this health experts have estimated air pollution May account for premature deaths every year he said. Among its key provisions Are tighter automobile tailpipe emission controls requiring new cars run cleaner and reduce smog causing pollutants. Cleaner fuels would be required for fleets and automobiles toward the end of the decade in the most polluted cities. A reduction in Fulfur dioxide emissions from Coal burning Utility plants by 10 million tons a year curbing acid rain. Reductions through the installation of the Best available control technology of toxic chemical re leases by Industry including controls on about 200 chemicals linked to cancer nervous disorders and birth defects. The Bill would require states to implement specific pollution control plans to clean up Urban smog. Warminster manager tells Board it can t afford recreation Center by Diane Marczely staff writer Warminster s administration have a month to figure out what it will Cost to fix the town ship s recreation Center information the supervisors want before they decide whether the town can afford to keep it. Already township manager an a. Mair has offered his opinion. He told the supervisors at their work session tuesday night he was very negative Here s a switch lbs sportscaster Brent mus Burger got the a and it was t for saying anything offensive. All must merger did apparently was demand More Perks and Money. That s what baseball play ers and team owners do every few years right be fore a strike. The difference is mus Burger does t have a Union. Also he should have realized that unlike the athletes he is just a Small part of the game. There s a dozen other Vanilla Flavoured talking Heads ready to step in and take Bis place. And no one will notice the difference. Robert a shape about Warminster continuing its use of the building the Warmin Ster recreation and education Center on Little Lane. Mair described the Structure which is More than 25 years old As Square feet of obsolete building the township can t of continued use of the building the former Hart elementary school would involve Large expenses for repair and maintenance Mair said. Among the new break costs Are an estimated to replace the roof and an estimated for removal and replace ment of an underground heating Oil tank. Borrowing the Money to do the work would use up a fair amount of the township s excess borrowing Mair said possibly forcing Warmin Ster to forgo other projects. Road and drainage work could see Center on Page a 4 vat the movies tse novel lord of the was much More Shock ing when it was released in the late 1950s, today the brutality of children against other children seems a daily of cur Tenee and what it tells us about human nature is a Tessoni that hardly needs Roger Ebert s review Best bets on to s a child Phebrah Farentinos Able to Twander Hist. Story on 12 Channel Gat Iff . Richard Wrights biting novel native was turned into a movie in 1986. It tells of a Young Black who accidentally kills the daughter of his White Boss in 1930s Chicago. Channel 12 at 9 Index lotteries nation world obituaries editorial a10-13 Cio a 4 am sports Bi-7 is advice. Television. Detailed Index appears on Page a 2. Of 12 when More Means less figures dispute new Hope Solebury tax bargain claims by Robert Benincasa staff writer with a tax increase in the offing new Hope Solebury school Board members Tell residents they pay the lowest taxes in the county. But whether one agrees with that claim depends on How the problem is approached. Finding out which school District puts the greatest tax Burden on its residents is not As simple As it sounds As re cent debates in the new Hope Solebury District illustrate. Based on average assess ments in each District How Ever taxpayers in the new Hope Solebury District pay More than their counterparts in six other area districts. Despite the fact that the new Hope Solebury s 1989 tax rate of 121 Mills is lower than other districts the assess ments that those Mills Are applied to Are generally higher. The result is a higher real Dol Lar tax Bill. A first draft of the District s million 1990 budget would raise taxes by 12.9 Mills to 133.9 Mills. That translates to an increase of for the owner of a Home now paying in school taxes. A spending increase of just under is proposed. Among seven area districts a new Hope Solebury resident with a Home assessed at the District s average of pays in taxes. In the Quakertown District where the tax rate or millage is much higher the owner of an average assessment Home pays less. Board member Peter h. Augenblick an accountant calculated tax comparisons among 13 area districts a Dif Ferent Way a Way that portrayed the District As having the lowest taxes among 13 Bucks county districts. Augenblick said his example was based on How much taxes a person would pay after buy ing a new Home in March 1990 for and not on actual assessments in the districts. Told of the intelligencer s calculations Augenblick said the average assessment Fig ures Don t mean anything because some properties included in the figures like Large tracts and Industrial land make the figures less Val id. But Augenblick would not say that new Hope Solebury s average assessment would not still be the highest in the county if those problem prop erties were removed from the calculation. You can print 25 different he said and you know what we re All right. I m right on a Brand new Home. I happen to think that s the most relevant average school taxes pen Ridge 139 Mills Quakertown 181 Milts Palisades 184.2 mate Central Bucks 171.6 Mills Centennial 186 Mills Council Rock 160.8 mils new Hope 121mfljs assessment Sar graphic by Kan

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