The five Northampton Supervisors are supposed to be accountable, each one, –  and collectively for each dollar collected, invested and spent because —  unless they reveal what they are doing which is the fundamental point of the Sunshine Laws — and unless we can “follow the money” from every penny of income and outgo, the idea of accountability is nonsense. 

  1. Northampton Township should publish the Check Registers. Northampton should display each line of each, any and all Check Registers On the Township Website, http://www.northamptontownship.com/  

  2. Northampton Supervisors should willingly disclose how much of the solicitors law practices are involved with zoning and municipal work. Northampton Township Supervisors need to disclose how many solicitorships are being paid by the Township, by each entity of or related to the Township such as the Library and the Parks and Recreation departments and especially by the Water and Sewer Authority. 

  3. Northampton should cease and desist issuing “No-Bid Contracts”. 

Northampton Supervisors are Elected Governmental Officials who are supposed to be accountable to each taxpayer for the money they take from citizens, business people, developers, other government agencies including Park Fees, Recreation Fees and from all other entities both public and private for any reason from any source including: Taxes, Zoning Permits, Zoning Hearing Charges; Real Estate Transactions; money taken for any, every and all sources; Township Fees from any source; Fees from the library, the Parks and from the sports teams, from The Municipal court building and land; Water and Sewer Fees; Water and Sewer charges, and income and spending from any source for any reason including: Interest, and other sources of active and passive income including Rents, Grants and other income to the Township of Northampton from any and all government sources including but not limited to Public, Private, Business and commercial entities. 

Northampton Township Supervisors need to disclose how many solicitorships are being paid by the Township, by each entity of or related to the Township such as the Library and the Parks and Recreation departments and by the Water and Sewer Authority, and any and all solicitorships retained, hired, contracted to or by all government and quasi-government agencies connected to the township he or she has. 

Northampton Supervisors should willingly disclose how much of the solicitors law practices are involved with zoning and municipal work. Who gets the Bond; Legal work and financial and engineering services for the township? How much is paid to single source vendors? What legal fees are paid to them and their inner circle by local municipalities? 

Northampton Township should publish each, all Check Registers on the Township (Publically Owned) Website, http://www.northamptontownship.com/

 Northampton Township should willingly disclose all the agencies, people and companies that are part of and/or related to Northampton Township and with whom or which the township and / or the Supervisors or their agents have any relationship. 

The check register is the record of every check written by Northampton with the name of the payee, the amount and the date. Putting the information on the Peoples Website, would cost little, and probably nothing because there are plenty of employees at the Township Building with some available time. It’s not complicated.Every business and every person does this because the government has ordered them to do it. It is necessary information to prepare a tax return.

Northampton should cease and desist issuing “No-Bid Contracts”, particularly, bond work,

The Banks used by Northampton have all the information for each check and each transxction, accessible by the township, simply with a password at nominal, if any, cost. There is nothing unusual about a check register. It’s just like your own personal account at your bank or any business account. It would be raw data we could analyze for patterns. 

legal fees, financial services, engineering; any legal or financial services of any kind of any government authority or agency need to be competitively bid in a manner to encourage competition.

Competition upsets the “Patterns of Corruption” and choice improves the quality of and makes services more affordable.

©Bill O’Neill  11/09/10

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