smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors & house numbers
needed for a "certificate of occupancy" before selling
your house .........$50 fee
Dec 9th - the item was tabled and Commissioners said they
would work with Realtors ( you know the BUSINESSES that are not
making sure the affidavits are delivered now ) and with
some residents ( apparently hand-picked because this writer has
asked for a slot and not (yet) been given the nod - and if past
history is any reflection I would guess I will never be given a
slot. Issues like this need to be open to ALL WHO
CARE to help craft ordinances that affect us ALL ---
not to select groups or individuals. The Commissioners
will later declare that "residents" were included That
would be a falsehood if any were excluded. Some residents,
for instance, have a differing opinion, but are willing to
compromise if they get a concession elsewhere. Others
might not appreciate that .
You should write your Commissioner ( and
letting me know
you did would help us to know if a lot or a few asked )
----- ask for a webpage with
all the latest meetings and updates on this issue - and to ask
for an email list to be generated
that sends these updates directly to those interested.
In addition, I personally was sad to see it tabled .
Testing 500 or 600 dwellings a year does little to nothing to
improve safety . A good number of those will have already
been in compliance . There are over 20,000 units -
It is hardly an ordinance about safety . This is about the $
12,000 that was already counted on in the budget -
Why would we allow such a form of making profit? Necessary
functions of government should be done at COST - not to make a
profit for a plaque with Commissioner's names at dog parks and
other such proposed expenditures. In my opinion, Abington
residents should be more than a bit displeased over this
We hope residents will show up at the Township building December
9, 2010 to oppose this ordinance
and this new attempt not only to tax you, but also to impose an
ordinance that can easily be expanded to intrude even further on
* Creates additional need for Township personal that the
taxpayers will pay for.
* Unnecessary tax, there is no epidemic of injuries due to lack
of Smoke or CO detectors
and certainly not just from people who
are selling their homes.
* This ordinance can be amended in the future to allow for more
intrusive inspections and more expensive repairs to be born by
the home owners - and more staffing costs -
* The personnel proposing this are not gracefully managing the
things they already have on their plate ---- perhaps they might
spend less time adding things or in rezoning activities.
* No " certificate of occupancy " of any sort could be issued
just based on with a couple of items - that gives a false
sense that in inspection was done.
* these items are generally included in home inspections that
are already paid for - so the homeowner will have to pay twice-
and the buyer already should have knowledge.
* It violates the rights of property owners. You will pay this
fee even if you are in compliance. so responsible owners are
penalized if they are selling, while irresponsible residents are
not penalized if they are not selling
* If implemented 1994 will continue the drip, drip, drip of tax
and fee increases that are crippling this Township. despite
claims of no tax increases this is how the increases are put
into place nearly impossible for residents to calculate.
* There are more cost effective ways to enhance fire safety.
Here is a letter from a citizen and a group who oppose
this "tax "as well
Ordinance 1994 has re-surfaced as a slimmed down version of the
This new law, if adopted, will require every home owner to
obtain a Certificate of Occupancy in order to sell their home.
The requirements to obtain this CO are working smoke detectors,
working carbon monoxide detectors, as well as house numbers
visible from the street.
The CO will cost $50.00, plus $25.00 for re-inspection if
needed. Rental property owners will be required to get this CO
every time their unit is re-rented.
This is a totally unnecessary fee, tax, to the residents of
Abington. Why this is needed? Is there a rash of fires where
smoke detectors were not present, or are there an abundance of
people being overcome by Carbon Monoxide gas? NO!
Even if you meet with all the requirements of this proposed
ordinance you will still have to pay the $50.00 to be told you
comply. Ridiculous! If implemented this ordinance will require
hiring additional township staff which we the taxpayers will
have to pay for. Do we need this?
I am sending you this info because the township is holding a
public hearing on Dec 9 at the township building. This hearing
is for public comment purposes and the final step before they
vote on this issue. It is very important that you attend this
meeting and join me in stopping this unnecessary additional tax.
I have presented to the township a list of alternatives to
further promote fire safety at no or little cost to the tax
payers, and have told them that this new ordinance id totally
unnecessary. I need your help!
We do not need an additional $50.00 tax. It's the constant $25,
$50, $100. increases to fees, taxes, that are drowning us, the
taxpayers. When is enough, enough?
Mark your calendars Dec 9th, Township Building, second floor,
P.S. Please circulate this info to everyone on your e-mail list
from Abington. There is strength in numbers. we need everyone to
attend this hearing. You may contact me if more information is
Citizens for Common Sense
11-10 Ordinance 1994 - really just another fee . On Dec 9,
2010, the Commissioners will hold a hearing for Ordinance
1994. Originally this ordinance was to require an
inspection of many items before the sale of the house could take
place. The seller had to bring his house before selling .
This, of course, is somewhat ludicrous since he might have been
allowed to live for years and years and years in the Township
without bringing his house up to code. If having it to code it
is important, then it shouldn't just be for someone leaving the
Township. Under great protest, the Township staff relented and
rewrote the ordinance so that only smoke detectors , carbon
monoxide detectors and house numbers had to be in compliance ,
but a $50 fee had to be paid to obtain a certificate of
occupancy after these were inspected. This of course is also
ludicrous, if you can obtain a certificate of occupancy
with just these two or three things, then the certificate itself
has very little meaning. In addition, home inspections
generally would note, or should note, these items and they
have always been the responsibility of the buyer and seller to
work out. There is no need for the Township to further intrude,
other than to collect a fee. And since even homeowners who are
in compliance already would have to obtain this certificate of
occupancy, then it is a particularly onerous tax on people who
are correctly obeying the law and being good citizens. It
is time to stop the senseless taxes and fees-- read more about
this ordinance here
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