You can’t fight city hall?

We’ve always been told, ‘You can’t fight city hall.’  I’d more or less accepted this as true until recently.  This discouraging sentiment has become collectively cemented in the Scranton people and it has been a challenge to break this mindset.  Many questionable policies, and decisions made by Scranton’s government have gone unchallenged- met with no meaningful resistance.

I’m one of eight people who have added their names to a lawsuit to oppose the tripling of the Local Services Tax.  Act 511, part of the cities tax code, states a limit to the amount of tax the municipality can levy.  They’ve exceeded this limit for the last few years without contest. The claim is that Scranton’s status as a distressed city allows for taxes to be increased without limit, and that the tripling of the Local Services Tax is being implemented as part of a recovery plan.  It flies in the face of reason that excessive taxing of the people will help the city transition out of distress and into prosperity.  It’s evident that the city has no viable recovery plan and that they are unwilling to make the adjustments necessary to lead us back on the road to vitality.  We’ve already heard that a request for information, which should be made readily available to the public, was received as harassment- an attempt to embarrass.  It’s high time the people of this city realize they can, and must, hold these trustees of the public welfare accountable. It’s time to stand together to resist their attempt to heap the burden of their failings on the shoulders of tax payers. I urge those invested in the preservation, and general improvement of Scranton to get involved, if only to participate in the conversation. Town hall meetings to be held soon.

Casey Durkin

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