Posted by Lehigh Valley Ramblings.
|Panto and a political advisor|
Last week, Easton City Council did what everyone knew they would do – increase the commuter tax. They know commuters can’t vote them out of office. In fact, Mayor Sal Panto has betrayed more than a bit of disdain for anyone who lives in the ‘burbs.
“If you want to live in the lily white beautiful suburban community, you have to do something to pay for that,” he has said to nonresidents when this tax was first imposed, implying they are racists. “The county can continue to threaten to leave and I say ‘Go ahead,’” he has taunted.
Panto must be a Cowboys’ fan. His kind of arrogance begs for a law suit.
He’s getting one. Actually, I think there will be at least two separate lawsuits filed. One may very well be filed today.
Instead of imposing commuter taxes on the people least able to pay it, Panto should be asking the County for a payment in lieu of taxes. Has the man who claims he hates commuter taxes tried? I happen to know funds are available, where they are, and that they could be awarded to Easton without costing County taxpayers a dime.
In spite of Panto, Easton is the County seat and does provide services. It is unable to tax the County’s real estate. I think a deal can be reached. Several Council members are aware of this solution and seem supportive.