Palmer, Forks React to Easton Commuter Tax
Officials in Palmer and Forks townships have mixed reaction on residents having to pay more to work in Easton.
Residents of Palmer and Forks townships are going to be paying more to work in Easton.
After months of a debate, Easton City Council approved an increase to the city's "commuter tax," the earned income tax for people who work in Easton but aren't residents of the city. Those workers will now pay 1.75 percent, up from a 1 percent tax.
Officials in Forks and Palmer townships had mixed reactions.
"I believe this is a good example of local government being myopic and not considering the long-term impact of raising taxes on commuters," Forks Township Supervisor David Billings said. "I wonder if Easton business owners will move to other townships that do not burden their employees with unnecessary taxes. It is a shame the City of Easton choose a path of creating a heavier tax burden on taxpayers."
Palmer Township officials were most sympathetic to Easton's plight.
"In this day and age, municipalities are struggling to make ends meet," Palmer Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said. "Easton I guess felt they needed additional revenue."
Palmer Supervisor Bob Lammi said, depending on the township's growth and revenue needs, it could one day be in the same position as Easton.
"We don't like it, but it's the reality," Lammi said. "I feel for the people, but I also understand where the city is coming from."