Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Montco Budget Drama Continues: Commissioner Matthews Arrested

As I started this blog post, the news to report was that tomorrow's budget hearing venue had changed to a larger room because of the large outcry over the draconian proposed 2012 budget.

The Commissioners moved the hearing across the street to the Courthouse

Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 am.
Montgomery County Courthouse Court Room A, Swede Street entrance
Swede St and W. Airy Ave
Norristown, PA

The Bicycle Coalition's action last Friday generated over 1,398 letters sent to each of the three current commissioners and to the two newly elected commissioners protesting the proposal to shut down Montco's parks, trails and Planning Department. If you haven't sent in your letter yet, please email your own personalized letter now.

But, the drama escalated this morning when news broke that Commissioner Chair James Matthews was arrested on perjury charges. This is not good news for our side because Mr. Matthews was supportive of increasing taxes to forestall such severe cuts.

Here's more about the outrage pouring into the Commissioners' offices: Phillyburbs, the Mercury, Pottstown Mercury Editorial, Phoenixville Patch.