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Math, PowerPoint, and Your Property Taxes … A Killer Way to Spend a Monday Evening

How can you say no to all that fun?

Do you like math?

Can’t get enough of Power Point presentations?

And property taxes … you love them, right?

If you said yes to all those questions, have we got exciting news that’ll fill up that time when you’re probably thinking about eating dinner on Monday evening.

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The second of three Schuylkill County Property Tax Reassessment meetings is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at DHH Lengel Middle School in Pottsville.

It’s a dream-come-true for people who have nothing to do right after they get done work and like to attend PowerPoint presentations about property tax math.

A representative from Vision Government Solutions will explain how his company is going to conduct the property tax reassessment in Schuylkill County over the next several years.

Tim Barr, from Vision Government Solutions explains how the property tax reassessment process will work in Schuylkill County over the next several years at a meeting last week at North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High School. (Coal Region Canary photo)

In fact, it’s already underway with some Pottsville properties already getting data collected on them last week.

If you can’t attend tonight’s meeting in Pottsville, a third meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m., at Tamaqua Area Middle School.

Last week’s initial meeting at North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High School did feature some histrionics from some of the candidates running for Schuylkill County Commissioner.

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So, if you haven’t already been convinced to attend one of this week’s meetings on the promise of long PowerPoints about property tax math at dinner time, perhaps potential political grandstanding will entice you to come.

Terrible Time for a Public Meeting

Some property owners were able to get their questions answered at the North Schuylkill meeting last week.

Only about 30 or so people attended the first of these meetings last week at North Schuylkill. It, like the two scheduled this week, was held at 6 p.m.

We’re not really sure who thought 6 p.m. would be a convenient time for a meeting like this but whoever did was very wrong.

As we’ve noted, 6 p.m. is dinner time for a lot of working families in Schuylkill County. And it’s less than an hour after many have just gotten home from a long day at work.

So again, who thought this was a good idea?

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Most public municipal meetings are held at 7 p.m., or in and around that time. While not entirely convenient, it does give people enough time to decompress after a long day of work, eat some dinner, and check in with their family after their day.

At 6 p.m., these meetings are nothing but an inconvenience. And last week’s attendance is proof of that. We expect to see a similar turnout at Pottsville on Monday and Tamaqua on Wednesday.

Well, maybe not now after we spilled the beans about the Monday evening PowerPoint math lesson.

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