Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ET: Lower Nazareth, Lehigh Townships To Sue Over Allentown Tax Grab

Lower Nazareth and Lehigh Townships have joined a growing chorus opposed to an EIT tax grab designed to finance a hockey arena and other improvements inside a 130-acre Neighborhood Improvement Zone in Allentown. According to The Express Times, both Townships have voted to join the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the NIZ.

Seven Northampton County municipalities have now voted to participate in the lawsuit challenging Allentown's EIT tax grab.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I almost want the settlement to fail so the bond issue is delayed and the countersuit can take place. Hopefully the 100 million that the townships would be on the hook for for bringing this frivolous lawsuit will bankrupt them and they will have to be annexed.

The townships have stolen from Allentown for 65 years, time for them to pay their fair share.

Bernie O'Hare said...

What a terrific regional attitude!

Anonymous said...

Why not just start a Reichstag Fire and then annex the townships under an Emergency Decree in the name of preserving Law and Order?

LOGISTICS R US, INC.

Anonymous said...

Nobody stole from Allentown. They drove out the productive with spending, waste, corruption, and evr increasing taxes and fees. Stop acting like victims with your hand constantly out. It's why you are in the shape you are in and nobody has an interest in enabling more of the same.

Anonymous said...

No one drove anyone out of Allentown. Private investors, paying impact fees and infrastructure improvements PRIVATELY paid for the move to the suburbs. Look back at LVIP, LVCC and Jaindl Land Company in Hanover. THEY PAID millions to develop their lands.

Shame on you Mr. Mayor & Sen.. Browne distorting reality.

Anonymous said...

That's B.S. the suburbs and sprawl have been financed by huge tax breaks that funded suburban developers for over half a century. It was money poorly spent creating a wasteful way of life people think they are entitled to enjoy. Allentown got the way it did because the middle class stopped valuing it when government made it cheaper to make sprawl instead. Good riddance to that system and the philosophy that supported it.

Anonymous said...

If you "conservatives" were really all about government non-intervention, that would mean no more subsidies to the suburbs and weak zoning regulations in the cities. If those conditions actually existed, there would be insane growth in the downtown. Instead conservatives promote tax policies that distort the economy and restrict downtown density because if those policies disappeared, the burbs would be dead in a decade. All I can say is CONSERVATIVES stop regulating the housing market! Big government isn't helping.

Anonymous said...

The state, via taxes paid by citizens in cities and boroughs, paid for billions in infrastructure in all these places. If they didn't the land would have never been economically vialble to develop.

THE Observer said...

bern
why is it only twsp from norco have joined the lawsuit. am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

"why is it only twsp from norco have joined the lawsuit. am I missing something?"

12:26 PM

This is an interesting question. Why have the most affected townships such as Salisbury, Whitehall, South Whitehall, Upper Saucon and Lower Macungie stayed away?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Actually, there might be an entry from LC very soon. I'll be posting about that tomorrow. Good question.

Mr Green said...

South Whitehall will follow again and join other who lead to a worth while lawsuit, always following others rather than thinking for themselves