Scorched Earth

Local elections in small townships can get pretty nasty, don’t you think?

Someone’s been spending money on a little research project from a dubious-sounding organization called the Delaware Valley Clean Government Council.  There’s a PO box, no street address, no phone, no website.  Not such a great marketing strategy for a non-profit!

Anyway, this “Clean Government Council” has provided info that Guy Polhemus was sued, along with some 39 other defendants, in May 2000.  All of the defendants counter-sued for malicious prosecution.  Here’s the link if you want to read about it.  Go to the end of the document; the case was dismissed.

Score: Incumbents 0, Polhemus 1

Bonus questions: who paid to mail this letter?  Was tax money used?  If the “Council” is real, they do this for money.  Who paid for that?  If the “Council” is bogus, who took the trip out to Wynnewood PA to set up the PO box?  Was the tax-paid administrative vehicle used?

Just wondering.

Emails have been flying around as well.  Here’s one from “Henry Orin”:

The Team attacks Mary Ryan and Dan Rattigan for not cutting enough from the budget even though they’ve pared away 9% in the last two years. When The Team finally produces its 2012 UMT budget proposal (see attached) it contains no cuts in spending. WE CAN’T AFFORDTHESE “REPUBLICAN ENDORSED CANDIDATES”. Their poorly conceived and ill-informed proposal is dead on arrival. Will they cut our police services, sell off our open space, and/or reduce township staff below critical levels? WE DON’T KNOW AND THEIR NOT TELLING.

VOTE FOR WHAT WE KNOW. DAN RATTIGAN AND MARY RYAN (13B and 12B) WILL CONTINUE THE HOLD THE LINE ON EXPENSES WHILE MAINTAINING UMT’s CHARACTER AND OUR WAY OFLIFE.

(Sic sic sic – as many sics as required).

This person lists concerns, but they don’t mention the half-million dollar deficit Ryan and Rattigan approved.  Poor arithmetic and spelling skills.

Bob North (any relation to Bob West?  Is there an East and a South?) sends this:

Ernie Sasso says he wants to save the Upper Makefield taxpayers money if he’s elected; however, his record says that’s not true.  Attorney Sasso sued UMT over his own obstruction of the township’s right of way at his property.  The attached file documents Mr. Sasso’s filing.  WE CAN’T AFFORD “SUE ‘EM ERNIE.”  His self-declared wish to monitor the township solicitor’s work and his record indicate that “Sue ’em Ernie” will have UMT involved in needless expensive litigation we can’t afford.

ON NOVEMBER 8th, VOTE FOR WHAT WE KNOW.  DAN RATTIGAN AND MARY RYAN (13B and 12B) WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD THE LINE ON EXPENSES WHILE
MAINTAINING UPPER MAKEFIELD’S CHARACTER AND OUR WAY OF LIFE.

“Sue-Em Ernie”?  Heh.  I did better with Cryin’ Ryan and RATtigan.  I wrote about this lawsuit issue earlier.  And again, “Bob North” is supremely unconcerned with the enormous deficit.  Not worth mentioning!

Well, Ryan and Rattigan are running as Democrats.  It’s no surprise they choose to take pages from Obama’s playbook, which is essentially “Don’t look at our records or the issues” because their records stink.

For my part, I know that anyone can be sued.  Might I want to know more?  Sure, but being sued isn’t an indicator of anything.  If you think otherwise, wake up and look around.  But I know you do know this, since you’re smart enough to read this blog!

Next, a letter from Captain William Glyndwr Martin (page 1 and page 2).  I like the letter, but I am doubtful that this is the writer’s real identity.  Clever idea though, I must say – make “mincemeat” out of them!  And the signatories of the “Red Star Group” letter are well-connected people; some of those names connect a grimace right to my face.  (And why didn’t I get that original Red Star letter; am I not worth the price of a stamp?  I’ve got a bone to pick with you Red Star groupies.)

Well, maybe there are 2 Upper Makefields.  And Ryan and Rattigan only know people from the one group, the group that doesn’t care if you raise their taxes 3 or 30 mils.

Lastly, I received this letter from the Breeden/Polhemus/Sasso team.  Note the bullet point near the end about the UM township manager earning more than the Bucks County COO.  I don’t know the latter’s salary, but I did hear Charles Martin make the statement that the COO earns less.  Heck, Teoli’s annual salary & bonus is nearly the price I paid for my house.  Didn’t she help preside over those daffy budgets and killer deficits?  Hmmm… exactly what are we paying her for?

Final note: it’s a small township.  Scorched earth tactics like the ones Ryan and Rattigan are willing to use can leave the ground smoldering for a long time to come.  Too bad they couldn’t have just been decent supervisors in the first place.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Her 2010 w2 says $175,000. As far as the cost of benefits, you would need to estimate that from the benefit total in the budget. The administrative salary line in the budget does not include benefit costs so you would subtract 175,000 not 230,000. It is not unreasonable to assume that the cost to the township of any empoyee includes more than their cash compensation, even if it is impossible to say precisely what that additional cost is.

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  2. Posted by francis d on November 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    @ delta-fica is a tax, not a benefit. You must have never recieved a paycheck.

    Going by the number provided above, IF Ms. Teoli makes $230,000 per year and then comparing the numbers provided in the budget on the Township website for actual salary that would mean the rest of administration-4 other full time positions- would share $91,520. That equals $22,880 each.

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    • Also, you can’t take the administrative staff salary line from the General Fund budget, which (based on past years) is closer to $360,000. In the past, actual salary expenses have been charged to other funds when employees do work for those funds. That’s fine, but in 2012 they’re budgeting for part of those salaries to not hit the General Fund. It’s harder to figure out exact administrative salaries without a FOIA. Which I happen to have, from Jan 2010.

      https://uppermakefield.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/umtadminsalaries.pdf

      It’s not current, but it gives an idea of the salary levels. I’m guessing that the $30,000 difference between the township salary scale for Teoli and the W2 (which I also saw) is due to either a bonus, or an automatic “contract” increase.

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  3. Posted by delta on November 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Ms Teoli receives over $230,000 in salary, and fringe benefits.

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    • Posted by jill marek on November 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      are you kidding me ???????????? 230,000??? is that shown in the budget???

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      • Posted by delta on November 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

        her 2010 w-2 shows $175,000. her benefits…. health insurance, fica, retirement, sick days, vacation days bring the package to over $230,000.

        More than the COO of Buck County…. and most other counties for that matter.

        Anyone want to venture a guess as to the salary of the Governor and Lt. Gov. is???

  4. Posted by delta on November 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    DUDE!!!!!!

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  5. Posted by jill marek on November 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

    do we know what Teoli’s salary is??? we received the letter talking about mr polhemus being sued…i could sue my hair if i wanted to…

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