Bond Buyer Covers Gary St. Fleur’s Mayoral Run and Lawsuit against Scranton Government

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Taxpayer Group Files Mandamus Suit against Scranton, Pa.


Eight Scranton taxpayers have filed a mandamus suit against the city, saying it has been collecting taxes above the legal limit Pennsylvania has established.

The group, led by mayoral candidate Gary St. Fleur, filed the lawsuit March 2 in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.

According to the lawsuit, Scranton is taxing excessively under Pennsylvania Act 511. The plaintiffs also say the city’s most recent budget shows a $10 million overage.

The move is a response to the court’s Feb. 23 approval of Scranton’s tripling of the local services tax from $52 to $156 annually for all persons making at least $15,600 per year. The tax applies equally to residents and non-residents.

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