By Lucas Wood
HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Monday, February 5th, City Council voted 3-2 to pass budget that includes a 30 percent property tax increase.
The city’s real estate tax will rise from 4.51 to 5.85 mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.
Council Vice President Allison Barletta and Councilwoman Jean Mope voted against the tax hike.
Shayne Balliet of Hazleton News 1 took to social media to post the following in reference to the tax hike:
"Daniel Tosh has a skit where he jokes about how expensive the tickets to his shows are. He points out all the death threats he gets, and he says that he wouldn't be safe holding a show for people who could afford lower ticket prices. You know what places have high property taxes? Nice neighbourhoods. See ya later, people who can't afford this tax hike!"
So it appears that some residents are seeing the 30 percent property tax increase as good news because they feel like it'll help regulate the community better -- or at least that's how Shayne Balliet feels.