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A Shell Game of False Facts!

A Shell Game of False Facts! | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

A shell game of incorrect facts

In a letter to the editor on Feb. 5, former Newtown Supervisor Gerry Couch claimed the recently passed township tax of 1.0 millage dedicated to the Newtown Township Ambulance Squad and fire hydrant maintenance means residents’ taxes are “going up” $168 for the average household.

Only owners of a house valued at $1.68 million will see their taxes go up $168 in 2018. As for the Average Joe like me, whose house is valued at $340,000, the tax will go up $34. I could save two to six times that by switching to a different trash pickup company.

Mr. Couch claims Democrats have engaged in a “shell game” when he himself has engaged in a shell game of misrepresenting the facts (and figures) in order to frighten Newtown residents into believing that their taxes are going up $168.

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Former Newtown Supervisor Who Questioned Spending $9300 to Improve Veterans Park in Newtown Says $20M is "Small Potatoes" to Spend on a Military Parade!

Former Newtown Supervisor Who Questioned Spending $9300 to Improve Veterans Park in Newtown Says $20M is "Small Potatoes" to Spend on a Military Parade! | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

In a Letter to the Editor in the February 15, 2017, issue of the Bucks County Courier Times, Coauch said: "I understand, and my fiscal responsibility genes do get fired up. But really, to spend $12-$20 million, that’s small potatoes!"

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“I think you have a lot more in there that could be considered [for cutting],” said Couch at a December 13, 2017, Newtown Board of Supervisors meeting, He brought up as an example improvements to Veteran’s Park, including installation of bleachers in four fields, a 50-foot flagpole with lights, and pocket playgrounds for children.
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If You Believe Gerry Couch, I Have a Bridge to Sell You!

If You Believe Gerry Couch, I Have a Bridge to Sell You! | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Former Newtown Township Supervisor Gerry Couch engaged in a despicable misrepresentation of the facts in order to undermine the trust in and respect for the new Board of Supervisors!


The letter claims that taxes are “going up $168” for the average household. Only the owner of a house valued at $1.68 Million will see Newtown taxes “go up” $168 in 2018. As for the average Joe like me, whose house is valued at $340,000, the tax will “go up” $34! I could save two to six times that by switching to a different trash pickup company!


This is a particularly telling “mistake” because Mr. Couch is a financial planner and was the Assistant Treasurer while on the Board of Supervisors. So you would think he knows how to transform a 1-mill tax increase into a dollar amount for the average household.

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