Scranton’s Appeal of Tax Case Ruling Dismissed

On Wednesday, Dec  27, 2017, the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County dismissed the city of Scranton’s petition to appeal its lost regarding the Act 511 tax case. The lawsuit was in regard to whether or not the city of Scranton is subject to the Act 511 cap that imposes a limit on how much taxes the city of Scranton can collect on the local level. Judge Gibbons  ruled on Oct 18, 2007 against the city stating that:

“Whether it does is immaterial because Act 511 clearly and indisputably applies to the City of Scranton…Act 511 denies Scranton the right to repeatedly levy and collect taxes in excess of its prescribed cap without taking further steps”

“As such, we will not change our conclusion that the Home Rule Charter Law is subservient to Act 511”

In other words, the city of Scranton is unquestionably subject to Act 511. Tax payers will be liable for refunds for any taxes paid in excess of the cap for the past three years. The potential cost to the city will be upwards of $50 million dollars. More info here



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