Excessive taxation, especially without representation, was one of the reasons America declared independence from Britain. At that time, Americans felt that a “free people” shouldn’t have taxes levied upon them- especially without their consent. This lack of representation, and constant harassment by the British government, left the American colonies with no other choice but to secede from the British government. The Scranton government is in many ways like Britain. It levies taxes without the consent of the Scranton people and has a long storied history of refusing the will of the Scranton people. It has gone on to harass properties owners with outrageous tax increases. In addition, it has even levied a business privilege tax on Scranton businesses! Why are businesses that bring jobs, economic activity and traffic to city being penalized with additional taxation? If anything, the Scranton businesses should be given a credit to do business in Scranton- being in this dying city is hard enough. To levy a tax on those who have made an investment in this city is punitive, high handed and insulting. It is for this reason we have drafted this petition that is currently circulating around Scranton:
“WHEREAS, the present and future success, goodwill and prosperity of the Great City of Scranton depends on the future success, goodwill and prosperity of businesses carrying on or exercising within the City of Scranton or attributable thereto any trade, business financial business or commercial activity, whether for profit or otherwise; and
WHEREAS, the statute formally referred to as Article VIII, § 428 of the City of Scranton Code, (hereinafter “Business Privilege and Mercantile Tax”), levies a three percent (3%) tax on the gross sales of all businesses carrying on or exercising within the City of Scranton or attributable thereto any trade, business financial business or commercial activity, whether for profit or otherwise; and
WHEREAS, the undersigned individuals believe and therefore aver that the Business Privilege and Mercantile Tax is unfair, unwarranted and punitive in nature, designed to penalize those individuals and companies who bring money, trade, business and other commercial activity into the Great City of Scranton; and
WHEREAS, the Great City of Scranton can only see prosperity and success by lowering taxes for businesses and business owners, which will attract other businesses to come and thrive in the Great City of Scranton, leading to a more sustained infrastructure, more economic prospects, more capital work projects, and a growing population; and
WHEREAS, the undersigned individuals, either individually or on behalf of a business entity, do hereby declare, aver and present that each will REFUSE to pay the Scranton Business Privilege Tax from the date of this Petition until the end of time.”
Any and all business owners in Scranton are welcome to sign up! Civil disobedience is a form of protest that has managed to get things rolling when the government turns a deaf ear to the will of the people. I say we boycott the Scranton government until the demands of the Scranton people are met. #savescranton#BoycottScrantonGovernment
Update: We now have 70 Signatures!!!