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An Education in Reassessment for Lackawanna County Voters

SCRANTON -- Voters in Lackawanna County will be faced with a big decision next month. There's a question on the ballot asking whether or not Lackawanna County should do a property tax reassessment.

On Wednesday, the county released information aimed at helping voters decide.

Lackawanna County rolled out a series of informational meetings and an educational video about the possibility of property tax reassessment.

Lackawanna County commissioners dimmed the lights during their weekly meeting to show a video the county paid about $20,000 for. It aims to help educate voters on a referendum question on November's ballot.

It asks if the county should borrow $13 million to do a property tax reassessment.

Property tax reassessment hasn't been done in Lackawanna county Since the 1960s.

If voters say yes, it means that some people's taxes will go up, some will go down, and some will stay the same.

In one way or another, it will affect everyone who owns property in the county.

"I hope that they walk away with a better understanding of what a reassessment can do or what it's about. And if they don't, I hope that they question us and come to our meetings and question us even further. You know, stop us afterwards or come to our offices and discuss it with us here," Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings (R) said.

The county has planned informational meetings. There are three scheduled for Thursday at noon at Scranton City Hall, 3 p.m. at the Dickson City borough building, and 6 p.m. at Abington Heights High School.

The commissioners themselves are split on the issue of reassessment. Jerry Notarianni (D) supports it, Laureen Cummings is against it, and Pat O'Malley (D) isn't sharing his opinion. He pushed for the referendum.

"I'm not going to say because I want the people to make their decision on their own, and it's going to be a tough decision for some households, but they're going to make it on their own," said Commissioner O'Malley.

That video explaining the ballot question is available on Lackawanna County's website, on social media, and at every county library.

Election Day is November 7.

5 comments

  • Pissed off Tax Payer

    Keep taxing the carp out of Lackawanna County Residents and they are all gonna move out! Enough is enough! We’re all already taxed to death around here!! They just did a reassessment!! County taxes already doubled a few years back!! Enough is enough!!

  • Nan

    There was money spent on a reassessment in 2007. Please check into this WNEP. Money was spent…properties were measured and homeowners were asked questions about their property. Then it all disappeared. Never heard anything more about it but I’m sure we are still paying the tab for that one. Now they want to do it again and spent million again? Something stinks !

    • Stop The Bullcrap

      When that prior reassessment was done it was found that the records were in such disarray that the firm conducting the reassessment said they would need more money to complete the project. It was at that point that the county pulled the plug on the reassessment. Where are those records that we the taxpayers paid for last time? Do we have to start from scratch again?

    • Nan

      There was money spent on a reassessment in 2007. Please check into this WNEP. Money was spent…properties were measured and homeowners were asked questions about their property. Then it all disappeared. Never heard anything more about it but I’m sure we are still paying the tab for that one. Now they want to do it again and spent million again? Something stinks !

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