UCF audit shows $2.2M surplus from 2016-17

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Director of Business and Operations Bob Cochran discussion finace options with the school board, Monday night. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Much of Monday night’s Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board work session was spent discussing district finances. Director of Business and Operations Bob Cochran explained that a preliminary...

Maybe I’m paranoid, but it seems like local Congress members are out to get me

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times By nature, I’m not really a paranoid guy, but it is starting to look like U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello (R-6), Pat Meehan (R-7) and Lloyd Smucker (R-16) have it out personally for me and my family. Okay maybe not personally — I’ve had cordial, even friendly relationships with some of them, and certainly interesting and insightful interviews...

Is a ‘cross-fire hurricane’ bearing down on the 6th District?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times “I was born in a cross-fire hurricane And I howled at the morning driving rain But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas But it’s all right. I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash It’s a gas, gas, gas” — The Rolling Stones, Jumpin’ Jack Flash. It’s pretty clear that politics over the next 18 or so months will be anything but calm,...

Time for Costello to show just a hint of courage

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Sometime later this afternoon, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) will hold a town hall meeting. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he’s holding it in Historic Courtroom 1, limiting it to 100 people, it was announced Thursday and filled up within minutes — and no one can record the video. Some sort of modern-day Stasi will be at the door, demanding “papers,...

Rock abruptly resigns from UCF board over bullying issue

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Michael Rock offers his resignation from the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board Monday night as left, Superintendent John Sanville and right Board Director Gregg Lindner look on. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education Director Michael Rock decried what he termed as his colleagues’ failure to acknowledge concerns by minority parents about...

County to hike property taxes 4.95% for 2017

First increase since 2014 WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2017 budget this week. The budget calls for $460,094,845 in operating expenses and $87,504,129 for its capital budget. “Led by our strategic priorities, including public safety and balanced growth, Chester County continues to invest in projects, programs and services that will benefit our residents...

Pocopson to see no property tax rate increase

By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times POCOPSON – Township supervisors adopted the 2017 budget keeping property taxes unchanged at 2.2 mills at Monday night’s meeting.  This is the third consecutive year that residents will not see a tax increase.  2017 property taxes will be distributed with 1.0 mill to open space preservation (estimated to generate over $329,000), 0.5 mil to general township...

UCF board takes look at reserve funds structure

10-year capital plan gets update, review By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — The question of whether the Unionville-Chadds Ford needs to keep a dedicated a reserve fund to cover anticipated pension costs was the top point of discussion during Monday night’s Work Session of the Board of Education. Currently, the district is carrying about $2.5 million in its pension reserve...

‘Brexit’ could mean bond savings for UCF

Refi plan for UHS bonds could net $450K annually By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — While the pending departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union may be sewing chaos in world financial markets, it appears that the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District may be able to benefit from “Brexit” by refinancing the bonds that paid for the renovation of Unionville High...

Letter: When will Rep. Lewis pay for the budget?

To The Editor, Monday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he would allow the bipartisan, compromise budget to become law without his signature by midnight that night unless he had an honest package with sustainable, recurring, and sufficient revenue to sign before that time. That did not happen. The General Assembly has a constitutional responsibility to pass a sustainable revenue package to pay...