Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick voted for the deal, which maintains income tax rates for people making less than $400,000 and couples earning less than $450,000 a year.
After months of negotiating, arguing and handwringing, the United States avoided tumbling over the dreaded fiscal cliff Tuesday night when the House of Representatives passed the Senate proposal by a 257-167 vote, CNN reports. After House Speaker John Boehner spiked an idea to re-open the Senate deal to add more spending cuts, Congress approved the measure with 172 votes from Democrats and 85 from Republicans, including Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8). "In August 2012, I voted to extend tax rates and other tax provisions for all taxpayers - a measure which the Senate refused to take up," said Fitzpatrick in a statement released by his office. "Throughout the fiscal cliff debate, my number one priority has been to maintain the lowest rates …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
If your New Year’s resolution is to get your finances in order, these guidelines will help you get started.
In this economy—and especially during this time of year—many of us are facing our very own fiscal cliff. While we may not be able to raise revenue as easily as the federal government can, these five steps may help you reach solvency and put savings in the bank, financial planners say. Once you’re free of debt and ready to grow your savings, you can look to financial services companies for investment advice, including banks (Bank of America, Wells Fargo and others), insurers (State Farm, Allianz and others) and brokers (Edward Jones, for example). If you have budget saving tips, share them in the comments.
Monday, December 17, 2012
How to have fun and spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank.
This year’s holiday season can be special for you and your family regardless of your budget. Here are some fun tips for creating new holiday traditions while saving money.
Friday, November 30, 2012
How much is too much to spend on children and teens? We want to hear your thoughts.
As the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, some people are maxing out their credit cards to pay for presents and others are setting budgets and sticking with them. Scour just about any Facebook stream or stop in a local coffee shop and chances are you’ll hear parents debating the merits of setting spending limits. Or, you'll hear them lamenting about just how much they've already spent. The ideas for a perfect limit do seem to vary rather greatly. Some parents say $100 per child is more than enough. Others tend to lean toward much more generous figures. After all, there’s nothing like seeing a child’s eyes light up as they unwrap gift after gift. Do you set spending limits on the presents you buy for your kids? How much is too …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The 2013 preliminary budget for Northampton Township was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
No tax increase, service cuts or lay offs will be needed to achieve the 2013 preliminary budget for Northampton Township, according to the supervisor chairman and township manager. The projected budget remains just under $28 million, as in 2012. "We were able to [create a preliminary budget] with no tax increase, no service cuts, no layoffs," Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank Rothermel said. Township manager Robert Pellegrino presented the preliminary budget to the board at Wednesday night's meeting, on Nov. 14. He reiterated that the projected budget doesn't require a tax increase, no trash and recycling fee increases (for the fifth straight year), no change in work force and no adding or laying off employees. "You kinda stole my …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Board of Supervisors wil discuss the 2013 budget at the regularly scheduled meeting tonight.
The Northampton Township Board of Supervisors will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the regular monthly meeting. At the meeting, there will be a dedication of Willow Estates and the board will authorize advertising the 2013 preliminary budget. Additionally, three presentations will take place: a flag presentation, the 2012 Living Tree Award and a presentation to the police department. View the entire agenda on the township's website. The meeting will take place at the Northampton Township Complex, located at 55 Township Rd., in Richboro.
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Board of Supervisors will meet tonight with the township's boards and commissions to discuss their tentative budgets for 2013.
Northampton Township's various boards and commissions will meet with the Board of Supervisors tonight to discuss their tentative budgest for 2013. Finance Director Robert Armelin said that the groups present their tentative budgets for the next year, though its a casual conversation with no decisions being made. "Nothing formal gets decided," he said. "Actually, no decisions are made." The boards and commisisons—such as representatives for the library, Parks and Rec and more—come with a "wish list" that the supervisors will use when working on the budget. An actual budget session will take place next month, Armelin said. The township calendar shows that a budget workshop is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. He added that the meeting on Monday…
Friday, May 4, 2012
Want to get out of town and go for a trip, but looking to save money?
Try one of these three trips you can enjoy on just one tank of gas: the Broomall Fire Company's Annual Spring Carnival in Broomall, the Wings of Freedom Museum in Horsham Heisler Dairy
Broomall Fire Co.'s Annual Spring Carnival Address: N. Malin Rd. & West Chester Pike, Broomall (across from firehouse) How Far From Northampton Patch: 32 miles or 46 minutes Admission: Free to enter; Individual tickets $1.50 each, minimum of two tickets; Block of 25 tickets for $25.00; Block of 56 tickets for $50.00 Hours: Summary: Rides, games of chance, and food are just a part of the fun. The carnival will also have face-painting, a firefighter dunk tank, and their fire safety trailer on site. The Broomall Fire Co. is 100 percent volunteer. Support these local firefighters by attending the carnival. Links: The Wings of Freedom Museum Address: 1155 Easton Road, Horsham How Far from Northampton Patch: 10 miles or 21 minutes Admission…