Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Will South Whitehall Township Challenge Allentown's Tax Grab?

Allentown plans to divert Earned Income Taxes from nonresidents who work inside a 130-acre Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) in the downtown and along the Lehigh River. Instead of passing this local tax revenue back to surrounding municipalities where these nonresidents live, the money will help pay for a hockey arena and other improvements over the next thirty years.

So far, seven Northampton County local governments have agreed to support a legal challenge being spearheaded by Hanover and Bethlehem Townships. Lehigh County's South Whitehall Township might soon join them. In a news release last week, Township Manager Jon Hammer stated there would be an "official position" in the "coming days."

It's on the agenda for tonight's 7:30 PM meeting, at 4444 Walbert Avenue.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vote "YES" to joing Hanover, Bethlehem Township and those with a real vision!

zoid said...

GO FOR IT SOUTH WHITEHALL!!!

Anonymous said...

They won't. They are much smarter than that.

Anonymous said...

Quit your bitching.

Quit your moaning.

Buy lots of hockey tickets to the magnificent Palace of Sport NOW!

FUTURE DOWNTOWN ARENA DOOFUS

Anonymous said...

751
your jokes are tired. Try some new material.

zoid said...

to 9:41 never say never, I bet the house that they are in!! They have a lot more to lose(businesses) than those who have already signed on. At this point this is a matter of principle, ethics and fair game(which the NIZ is not).

Anonymous said...

Dale Daubert is a crony to the County and loves allentown he is fighting tooth and nail to avoid sueing over the NIZ, however he is all that remains of the old guard of former manager Jerry Gasda, once Daubert retires or gets elected out the township will be much much better he is after all 88 years old

Anonymous said...

I want my Palace of Sport and I want my Social Welfare Programs, too.

And I intend to make the Rich pay their fair share ...

FILL-IN-THE-BLANK DEMOCRAT HACK RUNNING FOR FILL-IN-THE-BLANK OFFICE

(how is that for new material, Anon 11:41? ... i vow never to rest until i have secured your formal approval for anything i think or say ... good enough or what?)

Anonymous said...

I had to pay $ 3.00 to play open hockey last night ...

... if the Brooks Brothers can get $ 160.0 million dollars for a swanky Palace of Sport ...

... I just don't see why the State cannot finance my open hockey fees.

What do you have to say about that, Anon 11:41?

What about YOU, Future Downtown Arena Attendee?

NOT NECESSARILY DESPERATE TO BE LIKED BY DEMOCRATS

Anonymous said...

Can you say, "CRONY CAPITALISM", Anon 11:41?

Sure.

I knew you could.

MR. ROGERS' NIZ NEIGHBORHOOD

(new material, are you impressed?)

Anonymous said...

Bernie--- all I can say now is that I am happy you are focusing again on public issues that have an impact on all of us instead of what the last several posts have been about. I know it is upsetting. But what you focus on expands. BOLD LAW from KW. Your focus has not been where it should be, but now it is. Keep up the good work.