|Ron Angle (right) with prominent Easton |
barrister Gary Asteak
This TIF had already been approved by Palmer Tp and the Easton School Board. When it came to the county, the proposal had several powerful proponents. They included former State Rep Rich Grucela, Easton Mayor Sal Panto and Dale Colver, Chair of Palmer Tp's Board of Supervisors. It seemed like a slam dunk. But not to Ron Angle. He was bothered that the some of the best farm land in the county was going away. So he asked Council for permission to approach Chrin himself. They reluctantly agreed.
What Ron Angle knew, and the rest of council did not, is that Chrin considers himself at heart a farmer. He played on that, and got Chrin to agree to contribute 1.5% of the net sales price of all lots sold to the county until it had $2 million.
With that money, the county would be able to preserve nearly as much other farmland as it was giving up to Chrin.
So how much money has the county received?
Controller Steve Barron has just audited the 17 parcels involved. Three have been sold. Thus far, the County has received $204,000 from Chrin, and the money has been deposited in the Farmland Preservation Fund.
Fiscal Director Jim Hunter has agreed to keep annual tabs on these payments.
Ron Angle is no longer in office, but his deal has fattened county coffers bu $204,000.