Tamaqua Area sues to collect delinquent taxes
Tamaqua Area School District filed eight similar lawsuits Thursday in Schuylkill County Court, seeking payment of purportedly delinquent per capita and occupation assessment taxes.
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#1 Dec 20, 2008
As a community we have gotten so used to labeling those who don't pay their taxes as "losers". And then the day comes when one of us can't pay his/her taxes, even after taking every measure to cut household expenditures, which includs cutting off cable tv, cellphone service, using energy-saving bulbs, putting lights and appliances on timers, limiting travel to work and basic needs, raising the deductible on auto/home insurance policies, dropping personal life insurance, etc..
And then there are the elderly. It's pitiful.
Of course there are deadbeats, but most of the people who don't pay their taxes are not deadbeats. THey are working hard, cutting costs at home while the taxing authorities have the gall to raise taxes instead of CUTTING COSTS as we do in our homes.
School districts (and local governments) must take drastic cost-cutting measures that include cutting payroll costs. The school districts' dictatorship over homeowners is oppressive--out of control. Something needs to be done to stop the nonsense.
We the people expect and demand big changes in the Tamaqua School District, including the attitudes of the staff carrying out the District's agenda.
#2 Dec 22, 2008
You are absolutely right. The people that work hard and cut their own costs must be protected. Do you know the people that are named in these suits? I look at the people whose houses are up time and again for sherrif's sale and many of them have given up on paying their mortages/taxes on their own accord. I see the people that pay the minimum on their taxes(one year of the last three) to keep their properties.
Hard working folks that can't afford their bills need help. The elderly shouldn't be forced out of their homes. This should be addresses and has been to no avail. The corrupt citizens must be held accountable. You shouldn't be able to go on and on without paying taxes on several properties when others are being forced out of their only property.
Merry Christmas and thanks for the house are not the way to end the year. If the power company can't cut power after November, why can the government force you on to the street in Janruary?
#3 Dec 24, 2008
The label game is a way to brainwash and scare people into finding the money to pay these taxes. If you take the food out of your childrens' mouths, resort to selling drugs, or take a loan you can't pay, it's all good with the school district, as well as the boroughs, cities and counties.
There is runaway spending and waste that will never stop unless the people take a stand and demand a complete accounting of every expenditure, holding, employee perk, benefit, pay raise and so on.
#4 Dec 25, 2008
The sad thing is that our politicians have in their power to eliminate property tax all together and they haven't lifted a finger to do so. Rendell campaigned on the promise to do so and has done nothing but block those efforts. The STOP plan was studied by the Legislative Budget and Finance committee and found to be a viable answer to the property tax mess. The plan exists to eliminate this mess and for whatever reason our politicians have done nothing. Check out www.grandoldusa.com to see the plan.
#5 Dec 26, 2008
Yeah, I know some of the people. I'm not surprised to see Geissinger on the list. He's been a constant pain-in-the-a$$ to the community with all his junk vehicles all over the place and his dilapidated buildings. He purposely keeps his properties looking like CRAP to keep his taxes lower. I KNOW he has the money; trust me. Even if he claims he doesn't, all he has to do is sell a small percentage of his junk for scrap metal. Easy answer!
#6 Dec 30, 2008
because of his greed, he waited too long. Now his junk is just junk. WORTHLESS in this market. The big loser is, once again, the Tamaqua tax payer. His building will make a nice parking lot. What a shame.
#7 Dec 30, 2008
Rendell is so slimy, we can't climb out of the hole he's dug. I wish he would take a cabinet position with Obama so he would just LEAVE. Thank goodness for term limits.
#8 Dec 31, 2008
Nice to see people who don't live in Tamaqua any longer. Maybe if local people supported local busness instead of alowing monolpeys things would be so poor and people could afford to upgread stuff.
It's easy for someone to make comments and it's probably from someone who gets a paycheck if they work or not.
#9 Dec 31, 2008
Maybe if the School Distric would support a local business instead of sending work to a buisness owned by someone who doesn't even live in or near the district it would be easier to pay tax $$ back. Just another political thing.
#10 Jan 5, 2009
Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. I work every day, pay property tax on more than one property IN TAMAQUA, live in the Tamaqua School District, shop at local stores and I can properly spell monopoly since graduating from Tamaqua. At what point did I make any assumption about you?
#11 Jan 14, 2009
Let's stop the bickering and band together to get at the root of some of the biggest financial problems
Let's begin with the locals--the school district and the borough /city hall.
I can guarantee you that the payroll and benefit figures are not something any of them want to make public. In Tamaqua, there is a culture that has evolved within Borough Hall that must be broken, once and for all. It is secretive, combative and not at all in the people's best interests.
Payroll must go down by at least 20% with more cuts forthcoming. No, we DO NOT need fulltime secretaries and NO ONE needs an assistant. We do not need the person/s who are in charge of zoning enforcement to use this authority to harass outspoken homeowners (or anyone for that matter), or to overly patrol the streets to justify his job.
It costs lots of money to employ people (wages and fringe benefits), and even more money to keep them busy all of the time. All AT Taxpayers' expense.
They claim to be out "servants". Well, if I am the boss, then I expect "my public servants" and the Borough management to begin making things very transparent. Accommodate and invite the public's scrutiny, and be willing to answer the tough questions WITHOUT defensiveness.
I want lots of big changes that will put smiles on my neighbors' faces and, finally, let them feel like they have a lot more control over the local government.
No one can convince me that, in TAmaqua, union organizing by borough workers was not encouraged and overlooked by the very people (in management and/or on Borough Council) we should trust. Okay, so the union is in. Now, to offset the higher payroll and finge benefit costs, cut the staffs. No negotiation on this. It is not going to die, and it will gain momentum if we keep talking about it.
#12 Jan 14, 2009
What's the game plan? complaining never solved anything. I think it all starts with decency.
Let's start with people cleaning up after themseles. Get the dog owners to pick up the poop and you don't need a health serviced department putting up signs and giving fines that the borough overturns.
Let's start with people having the decency to be quiet after 10PM so their neighbors in the other half of the home don't need to call to police 3 and 4 times a night. When the police show up, have a citation given to that home owner to show he cares a little about his job. If people do what is right, we don't have to hire others to do it for us.
Sorry, just ranting again. Tamaqua is full of wonderful people that get no satisfaction from their neighbors and want just a little respect. They don't want to take the law in their own hands but are fed up with the little things. I know this doesn't cover what you talked about. I'm sure I'll rant again soon.
#13 Jan 17, 2009
What has "picking up the poop" got to do with the big picture? Poop is JUST a nuisance.
So while Borough Hall schemes, people like you worry about poop. Poop?
This is why their dastardly agendas get carried out, and never are they held accountable.
You say I am complaining when I am addressing issues to make people THINK and realize what has to happen! I said, we need to "band together". We must stop being petty. And we must stop having short memories.
I NEVER said "take the law into your own hands".
I spoke about a secret culture withing our borough halls and city halls that can only be broken IF it is exposed and our leaders, along with their subordinates, see mass anger and mass demands for transparency and accountability.
A plan? Let's hit payroll. I'm repeating myself. forget the "dog poop" (give me a break). Attend borough meetings with your neighbors and attack with questions that will make them blink.
All of us must stand together and (visually) back those who are speak out at such meetings on a recurring basis.
DO YOU READ ME? Was I specific enough?
Put a bug in all of your friends' and neighbors' ears and mak'em angry.
P.S.: Ahh, Bob, there will always be people who will not meet your high expectations of decency. That's life. Our local government is full of deception, which is far worse "indecency".
#14 Jan 18, 2009
Thanks for the condescending tone. That doesn't get anybody to work together. I just asked what your plan was and stated a minor reason why people want bigger government. Good luck. I'm checking out.
#15 Jan 19, 2009
No It's not the assumption from you as much as the locals makeing an effort to do business with out of towners or not makeing an effort to spread things around.
There was just somthing in the Times news last week about Jim ThorpSchool(?) shareing work between all intrested garages. It's hard enough paying taxex but how about a chance to earn some of my $$ back if I am capable . I think all local buisness should get a chance at any avaible work if they are within a reasonable price of an out of town outfit and not necessary cheaper.
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