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Letter: Zoning burden on taxpayers

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Dear Editor:

I purchased my home in West Pennsboro Township just over a year ago. Since then the supervisors accepted an application to rezone 130 acres from Residential to Industrial to accommodate two new warehouses.

There are a lot of opinions on warehouses however I am more concerned with why the burden is placed on tax payers to ensure elected officials are following the rules.

When this started I never expected to need the assistance of Attorney Nathan Wolf to ensure my rights were being protected. At the first public hearing, all present were opposed to the rezoning. At the second hearing residents were denied the right to speak and the supervisors approved the request.

An appeal was filed. However, before the appeal was heard the applicant requested the public hearing be re-opened. The West Pennsboro Township supervisors honored the request and scheduled a meeting for Oct. 24.

We pay taxes yet we need to seek legal counsel. We pay taxes yet we need to need to hire expert witnesses. We pay taxes yet we are denied the right to speak. We pay taxes yet we were not listened to. We pay taxes yet we need to become experts on zoning. We pay taxes yet we need to spend hours looking for information that should be readily available.

So I ask why is the burden on the residents to ensure the elected officials are doing their jobs? If the Supervisors are not listening to us who are they listening too? If they are not representing the people that show up at meetings who are they representing?

Karl Smith

West Pennsboro Township

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