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Scranton City Council to introduce commuter tax
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Keeping an eye on this one to see where it goes. I'm glad I don't work in Scranton anyore.

Times Tribune

Quote: Scranton City Council will be voting Thursday to introduce a commuter tax, according to a public notice issued today.

A commuter tax - a 1 percent earned-income tax on nonresidents of Scranton who work in the city - is one of the city's key alternatives to property tax hikes under its revised Act 47 recovery plan adopted Aug. 23.

A 1 percent commuter tax is expected to raise $2.5 million next year and $4 million in 2014 and 2015, city officials have said.

The council ordinance would propose to increase the non-resident earned-income tax from the current 1 percent to 2 percent, while maintaining the earned-income tax of 2.4 percent on city residents, the public notice states.

"The reasons for the increase to the non-resident earned-income tax rate is to raise sufficient revenue for the city of Scranton to meet its general operating obligations pursuant to its revised recovery plan," the public notice states. "It is within the city officials' judgment that the increase in non-resident earned-income tax is necessary."

The current 2.4 percent resident and 1 percent non-resident wage taxes would raise $21.5 million in 2013, and an additional 1 percent commuter wage tax generating $2.5 million in 2013 would result in a total wage tax collection of $24 million in wage taxes next year, the public notice states.

Such a notice is required to be issued under the state Local Tax Enabling Act.

After introduction Thursday during the council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m., the commuter tax ordinance would be up for another council vote on Oct. 25, the notice states.

Assuming the ordinance is adopted, the city also then would have to petition Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas for approval to implement a commuter tax. The city must get court approval to allow the tax each year it exists.
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I thought that they already had something like that on the books.
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Normanvin;20778 Wrote:I thought that they already had something like that on the books.

I hope not because it's certainly not something I've ever paid. Confused
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Normanvin;20778 Wrote:I thought that they already had something like that on the books.

They do. The article states they will raise it from 1 percent to 2 percent.

If you live in the city, you pay a live there tax. You work in the city, you pay a work in the city tax. You complain about the tax, you pay a 5 cent complain about the tax tax.

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Leftists will NEVER be happy until they have ALL your money plus your credit limit.
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