October 2014

ICYMI: Senate Candidate McGarrigle Shows Strong Leadership on County Council

Springfield, PA – In case you missed it, Delaware County Council Chairman, small business owner and Senate candidate Tom McGarrigle addressed two major issues on Delaware County Council this week.  McGarrigle outlined that the county budget has no new taxes for 2015, and he met with Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale to discuss the concerns over Ebola. 

Watch coverage on CBS 3NBC 10, and 6 ABC.

The Delaware County Daily Times also recapped the news in the following excerpts. 

Delaware County Daily Times: Tax hike averted in county budget proposal

“The 2015 county budget is expected to hold the line on property taxes for the first time since 2011.  Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle announced that the county’s real estate tax rate tentatively will remain at 5.604 mills. A taxpayer with a home assessed at $134,200 would pay $752.05 in county real estate taxes.

‘We never want to raise taxes,’ said McGarrigle, a Republican running against Democrat John Kane for the open seat in the 26th Senatorial District.  McGarrigle and Executive Director Marianne Grace cited additional funding for Fair Acres Geriatric Center, diminished pension obligations, debt service savings, delinquent tax collection and health care savings as the key factors preventing a tax increase.

‘We’ve asked every department head to do everything they can to try to decrease costs,’ McGarrigle added. ‘As we lost employees to the early (retirement) incentive, they just weren’t replaced. If there was a way to consolidate jobs, we’re looking at every department to do that.’

Delaware County Daily Times: Airport CEO: Ebola risk at Philadelphia International is very low

“The chief executive officer of the Philadelphia International Airport updated Delaware County officials Thursday regarding the Ebola precautions the airport has taken.  Mark Gale told Delco officials that the risk of an Ebola-infected person entering the airport is very low, according to County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle.  About 2,000 passengers travel through Philadelphia from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — the three West African countries where the epidemic is centered. There are no direct flights to or from those countries.

“Also, the airport has had an active quarantine station for seven years and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a presence, McGarrigle said. Airport officials also are being trained to identify people displaying Ebola symptoms.  Gale was not present for the press conference.

“County Council launched an Ebola and Infectious Disease Task Force this week to improve awareness of Ebola, which has been contracted by two health workers in Dallas and killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.

“‘We just want to ensure the residents of Delaware County that their health and safety is the utmost concern to us on Delaware County Council,’ said McGarrigle, a Republican running against John Kane for the open seat in the 26th Senatorial District.”