By Julian Heicklen

Published in the Centre Daily Times of July 23, 2001


It is the responsibility of the municipalities to build and maintain roads and parks. Instead of discharging their responsibilities, six municipalities formed the Council of Governments (COG) and support it with your municipal taxes. Already COG has eight employees and soon will build a $2.5 million building in Ferguson Township with space for 40—45 full-time and 5 part-time employees. The annual cost to support this staff will be about $3 million, including overhead expenses. The state government has just given COG the authority to apply for state and federal grants (more of your tax money).

In the 34 years that I have lived in Patton Township, there have been two referenda to consolidate with the State College Borough and other townships. Both times, the referenda were defeated, the last time by a 70% to 30% margin. In spite of this, the Patton Township Council has joined COG, which is another government interposed between the county and municipality levels. What we do not need is another level of government.

If you elect Libertarians, you will not have COG, but you will have lower taxes and more roads to handle the congested traffic in the central region of the county.