Franklin County’s history on July 18th
Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on July 18th.
25 Years Ago
July 18, 1995 – Saturday
“State takes a look at 4-12 cent hike in gas tax”
Secretary Brad Mallory has been talking with lawmakers about a possible gas tax increase and increases in other transportation fees to pay for road improvements.
Faced with thousands of “top priority” road projects and the possibility of federal cuts, Mallory and other PennDOT officials have been investigating ways to raise money, said James McCarron, Mallory’s spokesman.
“We have to examining state revenue options,” Mc Carron said. “It’s got to go up.”
Mallory, the highest-ranking state transportation official, has not taken a public stance on the gas tax increase. McCarron said Mallory will likely announce his position this fall.
Gov. Tom Ridge was quoted last week by the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal as saying he would consider raising gasoline taxes.
The state gas tax is 12 cents a gallon. The federal tax on gasoline is about 18 cents a gallon.
Proposals for a gas tax increase have ranged from 4 to 12 cents per gallon. The state gas tax was last increased in 1983.
Transportation Committee officials in the House and Senate agree that transportation funding is likely to be at the top of the political agenda in September.
Ridge and Mallory have made road maintenance not construction PennDOT’s top priority.
McCarron hinted at other possible increases in transportation fees this year, such as higher fees for vehicle registrations, titles, license plates and driver’s licenses.
He called it a “likely option,” and noted that Pennsylvania’s fees are less than other states. Road construction in Pennsylvania costs about $1 billion a year.
Federal money accounts for about 80% of the money. The state is reviewing the status of local highway projects and expects to release new priorities in November.
50 Years Ago
100 Years Ago
“LoysvilleBand To Give Concert Tonight”
The Boys’Band of the Loysville Orphans’ Home will pay its annual visit to Chambersburg today andholdpublic concerton the lawn In front of TrinityLutheranChurchthis evening at7:30 o’ctocK.
The band will arrive at 4 p. m. at the first Lutheran Church and theBoy Scouts of First and Second Lutheran Churches willshow them to their places of entertainment.Theband has forty -twomembers ranging in age from nineto sixteen years.
They are continually under the instruction ofProf, C.M. Stauffer at the school, and are prepared to givea concert of real merit.While here,the boys willbe entertalnedthe homeof the three Lutherancongregationsof town.At twoo’clock Sunday afternoon they willleave for FayettevilIe where they will give a concert of sacredmusic on thelawnof Hotel Fayette.
The band travels in two automobile trucks. It always finds a welcome,not only in the homes of the people but in their hearts also; for they represent aninstitution in our neighboring Perry county that is trainingalmost three hundred boys and girls, under the best of Christian influence, for usefulness in the world.The concert this eveningisfreetothepublic.