Editor’s note: Sometimes you just have to ask!
From a $10,000 gift to Reading police to clearing a trash-clogged storm drain, the city’s three-month effort to get more local nonprofit groups to voluntarily pay either cash or services in lieu of taxes is paying off.
The city has received $27,000 in new payments it didn’t get last year from more than a dozen churches and several other groups.
It’s also gotten more than 9,000 new volunteer work hours in more than 30 new service projects including more than two dozen cleanups – worth $65,000 at minimum wage – from local groups.
“We have received an overwhelming response,” Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer said.