Commissioners talk about reassessment ahead of primaries

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LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The primary elections are less than a week away. One topic among Lackawanna County Commissioners is a reassessment. 

The county has not seen property values increase for more than half a century. Right now, the median assessed value is $10,000. 

In 2017 taxpayers shot down the idea for a reassessment on an election ballot. Even though, a commonwealth court ruled that the question was unfair and that it would not county either way. 

During the commissioners campaign all seven candidates have talked about a reassessment. Majority of the candidates do not support the idea. Jerry Notarianni and his running mate George Kelly are the candidates in the race who are for looking at the idea. 

“If its done properly fairly and honestly. It will be done well and people particularly in Scranton, their taxes aren’t going to go up,” said Commissioner Notarianni. 

Notarianni’s fellow commissioner Patrick O’Malley says “it will absolutely increase their taxes. Not only from the reassessment itself but when the reassessment is done,” said O’Malley. 

The third commissioner and also an incumbent Laureen Cummings says “I will always oppose reassessment and I feel that there is a better way to that and I hope the state legislature does get together and give us a better law,” said Cummings. 

To do an assessment it could cost taxpayers anywhere from $6 to $13 million dollars.


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