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The city name derived from the now-defunct Reading Railroad, which brought anthracite coals from the Pennsylvania coal region to cities along the Schuykill River.
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This website was most recently reviewed on 12 Feb 2012.
- Council meetings, agendas, and minutes are published. Additionally, meetings are available for viewing online.
- Elected Councilmembers information is published, including personal information, but not contact information.
- Administrative officials are published, including contact information.
- Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available, although not easy to locate.
- Budget information is available
- Zoning information is available.
- Permits and licensing information is available, including code enforcement information.
- Bids are postings and schedules are posted.
- Tax information is available.
- Public records are complete.
- Contact information for Councilmembers is unavailable.
- Email addresses are unavailable for many department heads as well as Councilmembers.
- Some lobbying information is available, but is not comprehensive.
Elected Officials: Council Members
|Vaughn Spencer||Council President|
|Frank Acosta||District 1|
|Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz||District 2|
|Dennis Sterner||District 3|
|Stratton Marmarou||District 4|
|Donna Reed||District 5|
|Jeffrey Waltman||District 6|
|Charles Younger||City Solicitor|
|Unlisted on Auditor page||City Auditor|
|Daniel Robinson||Director of Community Development|
|Chief Kevin Kulp||Chief Fire & Rescue|
|John Nagel||Director Administrative Services|
|William Heim||Chief of Police Department|
|Charles Jones||Director of Public Works|
The total revenue for 2010 is $120,166,105, a $-6,782,593 difference from the 2011 proposed budget ($126,948,697).
The city of Reading received $36,404,864 in federal stimulus money through eighteen grants.
Property taxes generated $15,771,240 in 2010 and is expected to generate $17,889,630 in 2011.
|Earned Income Tax (Resident)||3.60%|
|Earned Income Tax (Nonresident)||1.3% Maximum|
|Local Services Tax||$52.00/YR|
|City Real Estate Tax||14.334 MILLS|
|Business Privilege Tax, service||2.25 MILLS|
|Business Privilege Tax, commission||2.25 MILLS|
|Business Privilege Tax, rental||2.25 MILLS|
|Business Privilege Tax, retail||1.5 MILLS|
|Business Privilege Tax, wholesale||1.0 MILLS|
|Per Capita Tax||District 4|
City In the News
- In November 2011, City Council agreed to cut the year-old commuter tax by two-thirds in 2012, as scheduled by the city’s Act 47 financial recovery plan.
- In February 2011, Berks County Sheriff Department and Sheriff Eric Weaknecht refused to respond to a Right to Know request filed, questioning human rights abuses, questionable sales practices, missing guns, and numerous other questionable practices.