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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  No go for wage tax ballot question

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    The wage tax question cannot be placed on the ballot, Greene Township Solicitor Jeffrey Treat told the Greene Township supervisors at the September meeting. “The only referendum allowed is for open space tax, school earned income tax, utility tax, special purpose tax for fire, ambulance, or rescue and for a library tax,” Treat explained. “How do we get our citizens’ opinions?  Those employed within the township will not want it whereas those working outside the township may want the wage tax?,” Supervisor Gary Carlton asked. “Taxpayers ought to have a chance to vote.  I am not in favor of it but should do what voters decide,” Carlton added. “The township can solicit opinion,” Treat offered. “I’ve worked outside the township and have paid wage tax for 40 years,” Chairperson MaryAnn Hubbard noted.  “The wage tax was once returned because Greene Township did not have a wage tax.  Those of us who work outside the township use their roads, facilities, and fire and ambulance services and those governments deserve some compensation.” “There are more than 100 people on the list for tax sale who own property in the township,” Hubbard added. “Trying to make a living is hard enough,” Tim Jones stated.  “ I have three employees.  One lives outside the township and wage tax is collected for him.  I pay thousands and thousands of dollars per year in taxes.” Jones continued, “What are we doing with the tax money, when we do stupid things like putting money in an old truck.  Why collect more money to waste more?  That’s what Federal and State governments do.” “What I hear people say is that if private business is forced to cut back, why can’t government cut back?” Treat noted.   “When you are a government you can raise money by raising taxes.  Businesses when they have less income must cut expenses.” “The township already has lost one or two businesses; if we have another tax we could lose more,” Hubbard said. The supervisors took no action. Jones represents Rylly Enterprises, and excavating business in Greentown.
    Bakery settlement approved
    “A letter was received from Mr. Trout, Cakes & Scones’ new counsel,” Treat reported.  “The letter indicated that the septic system was seven years old and no malfunction was indicated. The attorney was contacted and was told that there was not a new septic system.  The attorney countered with an offer of settlement indicating that Cakes & Scones, Route 507, would take out the public restroom and remove public tables.” The supervisors accepted the offer and agreed to issue a new Certificate of Occupancy which states that there are no public restrooms and no public seating. The Greene Township Supervisors meet on the first Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Township building on Brink Hill Road.

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