No Opposition To Scranton Seeking Court OK To Continue A Tripled Local Services Tax Of $156 Per Person Who Works In City

February 22, 2019

SCRANTON — No one opposed the city’s petition for court approval to maintain a tripled local services tax of $156 this year on most people who work in the city. A tripled LST, allowed under a 2014 revision to state Act 47, remains part of the city’s Act 47 financial recovery plan but requires annual court approval. The city received court approvals for an LST of $156, or $3 a week, for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The LST previously was $1 a week, or $52 a year per most workers. LSTs above $52 a year contain exemptions for those earning less than $15,600 a year. Friday was the deadline for any responses to the city LST petition. A hearing on it will be held 1:30 p.m. March 6 in Lackawanna County Court. - JIM LOCKWOOD