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In other business, Commissioners directed Township Engineer Brian Dillman to study the Route 191 corridor between its intersections with Route 22 and Brodhead Road. Tom Nolan said that over the past weekend, there were two accidents in this area. There have been 126 accidents just at the Route 191-22 intersection ince 2011, according to a report obtained by the township police.
Route 191 is a PennDOT road, so the Township is limited in what it can do. It might be able to change the timing of the lights or replace the yield sign with a stop sign.
Resident Barry Roth, who operates a tow truck, said the problem extends south to Perkins."It's a disaster," he claimed. He noted traffic stacks along the entire corridor.
Commissioners also re-visited its termination of K-9 Officer Dan Barsnica, who was terminated in 2015. Barsnica filed a grievance, but proposed a settlement under the terms of which the Township withdrew its termination and allowed him to resign voluntarily. There would be no payout, and Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the settlement.
Under the current system, a township resident who works in New Jersey pays his income taxes in Pennsylvania, which is set at a flat 3.07%. Those taxes, along with the earned income tax, are usually collected by the New Jersey employer and remitted to Pennsylvania and the municipality.
Christie, who is miffed that the New Jersey state legislature has failed to come up with $250 million in cuts to the healthcare costs of public workers, has proposed scrapping a nearly 40-year old reciprocity agreement, to bring in $180 million in taxes annually.
Unlike Pennsylvania's uniform 3.07% tax, New Jersey has a progressivetax rate,depending on income.It can be as low as 1.4% or as high as 8.97%.
One township resident who works in New Jersey stated that, if he is forced to pay his income taxes there, it will cost him $300 per month. He will paying more to commute to his job, too, thanks to a 23-cent per gallon hike in gas taxes.
"It's a double whammy," he said.