Op/Ed: Ambulance companies are sending 911 call for funding help

By A.J. McCarthy, Chief, Longwood Fire Company A.J. McCarthy The severe fiscal plight of ambulance services across Pennsylvania was highlighted this week in an editorial in neighboring Lancaster County. That same editorial could have been written about ambulance services in Chester County as the same frightening facts are applicable. Dean Bollendorf, president of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania,...

UCF moves forward with 2.88% budget plan

No residents attend two-hour hearing; pensions biggest growth area By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — It appears that Dancing With The Stars is a lot more popular than Budgets with The Board. No residents attended Monday night’s Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education budget hearing (technically, this reporter is a resident and did attend as the lone media representative on...

Setting financial goals with your partner

Finances are top reason for couples’ angst, tips on how to work through it By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times The New Year brings many new resolutions; financial goals perhaps being the most important. How best to bring your partner into the throws of budgeting, saving, and investing decisions that align with yours? Research has shown that the number one issue facing couples today is finances....

Chesco audit department wins commendation

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Internal Audit Department, under the leadership of County Controller Norman MacQueen, has received a commendation from the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) for its operations undertaken from January 2012 to December 2014. The department is one of only five audit departments among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties to meet these prestigious standards, and...

Kennett’s finances remain healthy

Report to address whether to consolidate local police departments By Rick Marts, Correspondent, The Times Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore details the condition of the township’s finances during Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. KENNETT — Wednesday night’s meeting of the township’s Board of Supervisors was highlighted by Township Manager Lisa Moore’s presentation...

Coatesville Area School District reveals $275M total debt

Accumulated since ’07, debt includes $188M principle, says business manager By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times CALN – Coatesville Area School District Business Manager Ron Kabonick announced that the district currently has a total of $275,931,814 in outstanding total debt at Tuesday night’s Finance and Personnel meeting. Because of the way the 2007 bond is structured, the district...

Op/Ed: An irresponsible budget

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone I worked in the private sector at large and small companies, in various financial management roles, for about two decades before becoming a Chester County Commissioner.  During the Corbett administration, I have watched from afar as legislators and the Governor concocted one bad budget after another.  Previous...

Planning is important before starting a business

A little work beforehand can save headaches down the road By Bronwyn Martin, Columnist, The Times If you’re thinking about starting a small business, it’s important to look carefully before you leap. Owning a small business can be very rewarding, but it can also require a lot of time, energy and funds long-term. Taking the right steps upfront can help you increase your chance of success and maximize...