|Phil Lauer (L) represents Council. Vic Scomillio (R)|
represents the County.
He wanted more money to balance his budget next year. Unlike Executive John Brown, he knows better than to try to borrow to balance his budget. Instead of knocking off the corporate welfare, he decided instead to increase the commuter tax.
DA John Morganelli, who works in Easton, dislikes the tax as much as everyone else. But I doubt very much if he would have done anything if it remained at current levels, other than grin and bear it. Then Panto decided to screw the County workers and raise that tax for the second time in two years. He arrogantly made his announcement the very day after Senior Judge Braxton concluded that a similar tax in Scranton is illegal, After some preliminary research, Morganelli raised his concerns with County Solicitor Vic Scomillio. .
Northampton County Council, which disagrees with each other on everything else, unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the commuter tax hike. Executive Brown authorized Vic to research the matter, and we know now that he considers the tax illegal.
He warned Easton last night against adopting a new tax. Panto and his Council tabled the matter, but I suspect this thing will ultimately be settled in a courtroom.
For once, I am happy to see Council and the Executive on the same page, and on a matter that will help the worker.