Last reviewed: December 10, 2011
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Allentown is a two-time winner of the All-American City Award, recognized in 1962 and 1974-75.
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- Council meeting minutes are published, including public meeting minutes.
- Elected Councilmembers information is published, including contact phone numbers (even cell numbers) and email addresses.
- Government public meetings (and council meetings) are published on calendar.
- Administrative officials are published, including contact information.
- Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available.
- Budget information is available.
- Permits and licensing information is available.
- Zoning information is available, including FAQ links.
- Bids are published and sortable.
- The Quick Links are relevant and an excellent resource for citizens.
- Lobbying information is unavailable.
- Public information is unavailable.
Elected Officials: Council Members
|Peter Schweyer||Vice President|
|W. Michael Donovan||Councilmember|
|William Hoffman||City Controller|
|Dave Paulus||Director, Building Standards and Safety|
|Sara Hailstone||Community and Economic Development|
|David Van Allen||Bureau Manager, EMS Paramedics|
|Robert Scheirer||Fire Chief|
|James Maley||Deputy Director, Human Resources|
|Roger Maclean||Chief of Police|
The total operating revenue for 2011 was $90,918,449.
Allentown received $11,306,976.72 in federal stimulus funding in three contracts and twelve grants.
According to the city budget, one of the largest costs in 2011 was the city’s contribution towards its employees’ retirement plans. Five years previous, the amount owed was $6.8 million; in 2011, it was projected to reach $14.7 million. This reflects a 116% increase over five years. The amount owed accounts for almost 17% of the entire general fund expenses.
Real estate taxes and general taxes generated $57,974,952 in 2011, up from 2010 ($49,198,331).
City In the News
- In November 2011, allegations of “sweatshop conditions” in an Amazon.com facility in Allentown arose after workers complained of frigid conditions after warehouse evacuations last year after some workers were treated for exposure. A September 18 article in The Morning Call highlighted that Amazon hired ambulances to park outside the warehouse last summer on hot days in case workers experienced heat-related problems. A local emergency room doctor said the workplace was an “unsafe environment.”
- In August 2011, former PA House leader, John Perzel, pled guilty to corruption alleging he misused public money for campaign purposes and tried to cover it up.
- In August 2011, a Saylorsburg contractor sued Allentown for more than $2 million alleging that the city knew the land where he was to build a route to smooth traffic was contaminated with arsenic and didn’t tell him prior to signing the contract.
- Allentown facts
- Council meeting minutes
- Council members
- Council and administrative meetings
- Administrative officials
- Permit information
- 2011 Budget Gen Fund.pdf Operating budget (dead link)
- Stimulus money
- Pension information
- Amazon warehouse sweatshop
- Misuse of public money for campaigning
- Contractor sues Allentown for $2M