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Wanna Know Where Money Goes? Read Warrants

POTTSTOWN PA – Outgoing Lower Pottsgrove Commissioner Anthony Doyle thinks the public would be interested in the minutiae of how the township spends its money.

Doyle during recent months has regularly suggested the township post what is known as its monthly warrants – a list of bills approved by the Board of Commissioners to be paid – on its website. He proposed it again earlier this month (Oct. 5, 2009), during the board’s first October meeting, contending the published list offers accountability to interested members of the public.

Commissioners’ President Bruce Foltz expressed concern there wouldn’t be enough space on the website. The warrants, Foltz noted, run to 25 or more pages monthly.

As a potential alternative, The Sanatoga Post offered to make the monthly warrants available as Adobe Acrobat documents on its website for online reading or download, so long as the list was provided in a form that could be readily converted into a readable document. Foltz thanked The Post for its offer, and said it would be taken under advisement.

For those willing to make a trip to the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., Pottstown PA, the list of warrants is available from township staffers by request during regular business hours, Manager Rodney Hawthorne said. Warrants from a previous month usually are publicly available by the 25th of the following month, he added.

Doyle, whose term as commissioner ends this year, did not seek re-election.

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