Why I Voted No For A 3.1% Tax Increase For Pottstown Borough! By Sixth Ward Councilor Jody Rhoads

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Councilor Rhoads cast the only NO vote at last night’s Pottstown Borough Council meeting for a 3.1% tax increase.  Councilor Rhoads had previously stated he would not vote for any tax increase for Pottstown. 

Evan Brandt and I were handed a list of reasons why Councilor Rhoads chose to cast a NO vote.  Here is the complete list of why Jody voted NO:

Ask the person who just lost his job.

Ask the person who can’t find work.

Ask the person who had his pay cut.

Ask the person who had his hours cut.

Ask the person who is on a fixed income.

Ask the person who cannot pay his bills.

Ask the person who lost his house to Sheriff Sale.

Ask the person who lost his health insurance.

Ask the person who is in financial trouble due to severe health issues.

Ask the person who is just plain struggling.


Councilor Rhoads is a friend of the working class citizen.  He is not a politician.  He fights for the rights of all Pottstown residents.  That is the platform he campaigned on and that is what he has done while in office.  Fight when you’re right.

5 comments on “Why I Voted No For A 3.1% Tax Increase For Pottstown Borough! By Sixth Ward Councilor Jody Rhoads

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  2. It is important to make choices you can live with, Jody does this so much of the time. Thanks for providing your reasons to the press, Jody.

    Times are tough and whether 3.1% increases is the best that can be done it is important to note the tireless hours spent on the budget. Recognize we can (and should) always strive to do our best. Sometimes, in an effort to move toward a noteable change, money has to be spent – good stewardship is all we ask (at least me, anyway).

    Balancing things is no easy task and all share the impact of the budget.

  3. It’s so refreshing to finally see something positive written about Jody. The Mercury always seems to be on some sort of anti-Jody vendetta. They should be working with him, as you do Roy, to help make Pottstown better. Keep up the good work with ALL your posts. We need more folks like you who tell the truth, thw whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  4. “For a homeowner with a property assessed at $85,000, the 3.1 percent millage hike means an increase of $25.66 per year. For a property assessed at $100,000, that means an annual increase of $30.19.”

    So says the Mercury…

    The reality to this needs to be considered, too.

    Many people have their taxes escrowed w/ their mortgage company and they have specific rules about how great a percentage they set aside in the escrow account, which is typically more than the increase in the annual taxes. Here’s a scenario for you: last year’s payment $825, this year’s payment $865 (if a lump sum to the escrow is paid for a shortage (approx $300) then the payment becomes about $840. So while the annual taxes increase a nominal amount the yearly impact, for many, is much more than that (using this scenario – $500 more yearly).

    Please keep in mind this includes ALL taxes, though. It is difficult to discern the exact dollar amount of impact to a monthly household budget based on the Boro tax increase but I hope this helps put some real numbers ‘out there’ for people to ‘chew on’.

    I’m not saying it’s good or bad – this is just an observation and some figures I thought I’d share based on the goings-on in P’town.

    PS – These numbers are w/ a Homestead exemption on file at MontCo, FYI.

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