Wilkes-Barre Council Rejects Tax Hike

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU) -- People in Wilkes-Barre will not see a property tax hike for this year.

Thursday night the city council shot down Mayor Tony George's amended budget, which had called for a 21% increase in property taxes.

Originally, a person with a home valued at $80,000 would have seen a $184 increase in taxes, or about $15 per month.

After the change, that same person would have seen an increase of about $145, or about $12 per month.

The city will operate on Former Mayor Tom Leighton's budget as Mayor George goes back to the drawing board.

"Now we're going to have to reevaluate the rest of the budget, see where we can make cuts, because all of those revenue lines are not coming to fruition, and we're going to have to cut somewhere!" said George.

Mayor George said he will spend the next few weeks analyzing the budget to see where more cuts can be made.


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