Thursday, October 02, 2014
It's Time For Northampton County To Say No To Easton
A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE NORTHAMPTON COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO STOP COLLECTING ANY COMMUTER TAX IMPOSED BY THE CITY OF EASTON
WHEREAS, on July 5, 2012, Northampton County Council, at Resolution 57-2012, expressed its opposition to any new commuter tax in Easton; and
WHEREAS, on August 8, 2012, the City of Easton voted to impose a 1.75% earned income tax on nonresidents, with no prior notice to Northampton County; and
WHEREAS, workers in Easton already pay a $52 Local Services Tax to the City of Easton; and
WHEREAS, the implementation of this tax on Northampton County workers has had a deleterious impact on many, who have seen their net income diminish; and
WHEREAS, through a 14-year planned reduction of both resident and non-resident wage taxes in the City of Philadelphia, jobs are increasing at the rate of 2,800 jobs per year; and
WHEREAS, a recent study prepared by Dr. Robert Inman at The Wharton School reveals that commuter taxes lead to an exit of jobs and businesses; and
WHEREAS, a commuter tax in Scranton was invalidated on September 30, 2014, by the Honorable John Braxton at Lackawanna No. 2014CIV4799; and
WHEREAS, on October 1, 2014, Easton Mayor Sal Panto proposed increasing the commuter tax from 1.75% to 1.95%.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:
1) That Northampton County Council condemns Easton’s commuter tax as well as the proposed commuter tax increase as a form of taxation without representation that unfairly targets the workers of Northampton County, our most precious asset; and
2) That Northampton County Council condemns Easton’s commuter tax as well as the proposed commuter tax increase as contrary to the law as set forth in the Opinion of the Honorable John Braxton at Lackawanna No. 2014CIV4799; and
3) That Northampton County Executive John Brown is respectfully requested to take all actions to prevent the implementation of the Easton commuter tax, including the suspension of collection and the institution of a declaratory Judgment action.
4) That a copy of this resolution be distributed to Easton Mayor Sal Panto as well as all members of Easton City Council.