Bensalem officials to hold town hall meeting on earned income tax

Bensalem residents who want more information or have questions about the township’s new earned income tax can attend a town hall hosted by Bensalem officials next week.

The meeting will take place on Feb. 17 in the Maltese Room at the Cornwells Fire Company, 2049 Bristol Pike in Bensalem, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The township has not had meetings of this nature for several years, but one of the initiatives of Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo was to improve communication in 2016, he said. The mayor previously wrote a lengthy explanation of the tax that was distributed to residents toward the end of 2015.

Given the option of implementing the tax or cutting the Bensalem Police force, DiGirolamo urged that public safety should be the township’s priority and supported the passage of the EIT. 

The meeting will further explain the divisive tax in detail, which was approved in a 4-1 decision on Dec. 7. Councilman Bryan Allen was the lone dissenting vote.

“These are the kinds of public meetings I asked for us to have last year BEFORE the earned income tax was passed,” he wrote on Facebook after the meeting was announced. “Since 2015 was an election year that never happened and is a major reason why I voted against it. I urge all residents to come out to these meetings.”

Bensalem will be holding town hall meetings on various issues throughout the year, DiGirolamo said.

For information, visit www.bensalempa.gov.

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