|Controller Steve Barron|
Last night, as Mayor Panto stood in the back of Courtroom #1, Northampton County Council voted unanimously to condemn the commuter tax and the proposed increase, calling it a form of "taxation without representation that unfairly targets the workers of Northampton County." Brown has been requested to take all actions to prevent the tax's collection, including the suspension of collection and the filing of a declaratory judgment action.
This tax was previously condemned by Council when it was first enacted in 2012, but leaders deferred making a formal challenge.
"We fought wars over this," noted Controller Steve Barron, who pledged to join in any law suit filed by the County. "Stop collecting it," he suggested. "Let him sue us."
Panto had nothing to say before the unanimous vote. But he has previously stated that, without the tax, Easton will go bankrupt.
The resolution, proposed by Republican Peg Ferraro and Democrat Ken Kraft is nonbinding, but is a rare sign of bipartisan unity. You can see it below.