Bethlehem Township, Pa. joins in Allentown hockey arena tax lawsuit
Bethlehem Township, Pa. officials voted tonight to join Hanover Township, Northampton County in its lawsuit to fight their residents' income taxes going toward the construction of Allentown's future hockey arena, pictured above.
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#1 Mar 22, 2012
Good maybe the hockey arena will be built on some of the Steel property. There is better access and dispersment facalties in place allready
#2 Mar 22, 2012
Even if these lawsuits are successful (which they wont be), corporate sponsor money will pick up the measly lost tax money. Keep dreaming goofball.
#3 Mar 23, 2012
The more participants in the lawsuit, the better. Somebody has to stand up to the theives taking tax dollars and funneling it into this sham. Let the owners of the team pay for it!
#4 Mar 23, 2012
Township shouldn’t be suing Allentown
As a concerned citizen of Hanover Township (Northampton County), I take issue with the hypocrisy of the supervisors I helped elect. They have now voted to sue Allentown and the state for withholding earned income taxes from our residents who work in downtown Allentown — which probably isn’t too many people — saying,“This is our money and they are misappropriating it.”
Do the supervisors care about the fact they are misusing our money to fund a lawsuit that will likely cost us more than the earned income money in question? Their answer is the legal costs will be shared, but by whom?
I can’t image other suburbs supporting this lawsuit when state Sen. Pat Browne has said repeatedly the townships should get all of their tax money back, only nine months later than usual.
It seems to me this new law to help pay for Allentown’s arena and entertainment complex could have been explained to the suburbs better, but no harm, no foul.
Is it really worth spending the Hanover taxpayers’ money on expensive legal fees to make the point we’ve been, at worst, inconvenienced?
PAUL ANTHONY JR.
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