Nanticoke, September 29, 2016 – Following the state Supreme Court’s ruling that portions of the local share assessment are unconstitutional, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today issued the following the statement:
“The recent state Supreme Court decision deeming local share assessment taxes unconstitutional will have a devastating impact on northeastern Pennsylvania communities if the General Assembly does not act quickly to hold these funds in place for host counties and municipalities,” said State Senator John Yudichak.
“Whether it is critical investments in our public safety systems, local water and sewer systems or job creating economic development projects the Local Share Assessment funds are essential to sustaining communities in Luzerne and Carbon Counties as fewer and fewer public dollars are available for local projects,” added State Senator Yudichak.
“The impact of any loss of LSA funds is particularly acute for a host municipality, like Plains Township, that bears the greatest burden of providing municipal services to the casino. I have already spoken with both my legislative colleagues and local elected officials to advance the necessary legislative remedy to the court’s decision in an aggressive effort to preserve every dollar that has been secured through the LSA process in recent years.”
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