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Issue 42 — Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Campaign Spending
Was Over $200,000
In DA Primary Race

MILFORD — Challenger Kelly Gaughan’s campaign outspent incumbent Ray Tonkin’s by more than 2 to 1, data from the county Board of Elections shows. The two attorneys squared off for the Pike County District Attorney’s job, which pays $172,791 a year, in a rarely contested Republican primary on Tuesday.

Results of the DA’s race and other primary contests are available on breaking news.

Through early May, Friends of Kelly Gaughan tallied total expenditures of $142,336 compared to Friends of Ray Tonkin’s $60,444, for a combined total of $202,780. Tonkin received more in contributions than Gaughan at $64,167 to Gaughan’s $25,795, but $30,000 of Tonkin’s contributions came from loans from family members.

The lion’s share of Gaughan’s funding for her campaign came from her own loans to her committee, leaving the balance sheet with $131,500 of unpaid debts. Friends of Ray Tonkin had about a $4,000 positive balance as the May 19 primary approached.

Spending for the DA’s race far exceeded anything ever seen in Pike County. One 40-year courthouse veteran said $50,000 was the top dollar any candidate had ever spent, before the Tonkin-Gaughan showdown – because of its link to the Frein trooper shooting case and a rift in the Pike County Republican Party – became a subject for statewide and even national headlines.

Gaughan received $12,500 in individual donations over $250, and $10,325 in individual donations between $50 and $250. She also received about $4,000 in in-kind donations, primarily in paid advertising space in newspapers and magazines. Both campaigns spent tens of thousands of dollars on media consultants and advertising. Gaughan spent more than $3,000 on billboards alone.

Official Paper
More Than
Forty Years

MILFORD — Although it has been publishing much, much longer, the Pike County Dispatch has been the newspaper of record for the County of Pike for more than 40 years. That means the Dispatch is the place to go to find out about public meetings, estate notices, bids, public hearings, real estate sales and transactions, and Sheriff sales.

The Pike County Commissioners listed the Dispatch as an official newspaper for legal notices during their opening meeting of 2014, and once again, during their annual reorganization meetings on the first business day of the New Year, most of the other municipalities in Pike County followed suit. So far, Milford and Matamoras Boroughs, and Westfall, Dingman, Delaware, Shohola, Blooming Grove. Milford and Lehman Townships have made it their business to have the Dispatch as an official newspaper.

So make it your business to keep up with all the news in Pike to print, including official business and legal notices from your town.

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The Voice Of Pike County
Since 1826

The Pike County Dispatch is not only Pike County's largest circulation weekly newspaper, it is also the oldest.

Founded as the Eagle of the North, it has been in continuous operation reporting news and covering local events since 1826. It is, and always has been, the mainstay in keeping the local citizenry informed. Today, subscribers are as far afield as California and Florida

The Dispatch has covered the historic events that have shaped Pike County for almost as long as that history has been in the making.

Over the years, hometown news has shared pages with national and world events, and world events were sometimes right here in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Its pages carry news of joy and sorrow, homespun advice, births, deaths, marriages, spats, feuds, political controversy, scandals, murders, heists, social affairs, dedications--in short, all the news in Pike to print.

Look for the Pike County Dispatch at local news dealers, and read all about it!

Boro Wants Bigger Slice Of Tourism Promotion Pie

MILFORD — Last week a group of Milford Borough merchants and a local tourism industry expert met at the Frisky Goat on Broad Street for an informal workshop to discuss how to make individual businesses and Milford as a whole more visible. Former Milford Borough Councilman Bill Kiger, a retired tourism executive, the industry expert, represented the Milford Enhancement Committee and the Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County. Kiger spoke about the Pike Hotel Tax Board and its recent effort to get the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau (PMVB) to revamp the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PMVB and the board.

PMVB is one of the state’s designated regional tourism promotion agencies. Pike commissioners formed the Hotel Tax Board (HTB) in 2005 after commissioners agreed to a 2004 PMVB request to county commissioners of Carbon, Monroe, Wayne, and Pike to authorize a 3 percent hotel room tax. The tax is assessed on visitors staying at an inn, hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast venue. Each year, commissioners send to the PMVB the tax collection. PMVB then distributes a portion to each county. Pike got slightly over $125,000 in 2014, which is about 25 percent of what it sent to PMVB, according to Kiger... for complete story, get this week's issue.

School Tax Increase Proposed With Preliminary Budget

WESTFALL — Without a state budget or a clear knowledge of this year’s surplus, Delaware Valley School Board members chose to take a conservative approach with increasing this year’s taxes. The board voted last Thursday for a 2.27 percent tax increase to fund the preliminary budget, subject to public comment and more information on state budgets and this year’s surplus based on taxes actually paid.

The preliminary budget, presented to the board by Superintendent John Bell, has revenues and appropriations totaling $75,478,252 and would be fully funded based on a 2.5 percent tax increase, the maximum they voted to allow last December. However, various sources of federal grant funding are expected to bring in over $100,000, allowing the budget to be fully funded with only a 2.27 percent tax increase.... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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