Rep Flynn, Policy Committee look at municipal tax burden in the state

 

SCRANTON, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today led a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center to discuss the municipal tax structure for residents.

Flynn requested the hearing since the tax burden on residents, including senior citizens, is at a critical level and affecting too many hardworking families in the area.

“One of the most troubling challenges homeowners are facing right now is the skyrocketing cost of property taxes,” Flynn said. “We need to make living in our homes more affordable because people should not have to choose between putting food on their tables, paying for their medication or paying property taxes. Today’s hearing showed we need to do better at regulating high property taxes.”

The panel of testifiers included Paige Cognetti, mayor of Scranton; Mike Lombardo, mayor of Pittston; Rick Schuettler from the Pennsylvania Municipal League; Debi Domenick, Lackawanna County commissioner; and Gerald Cross, executive director, Pennsylvania Economy League Central Division.

This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials will be at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.