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50 Years Ago - Reassessment Error Found; Budget And Paycheck On Hold In Scranton

January 2, 2019
50 Years Ago - Reassesment Error Found; Budget And Paycheck On Hold In Scranton

Jan. 2, 1969

Big-money

error found

The Lackawanna County Board of Assessment Appeals announced that a multi-million dollar error in the reassessment data that caused a budget crisis for the city of Scranton and the Scranton School District was found in the 9th Ward.

According to a spokesman, the error occurred when an incorrect figures for the 9th Ward of the city were fed into the computer, producing the now $17 million error. The figures were supplied to the county by Hamilton Associates of Camp Hill, the company that conducted the county’s reassessment.

Teams of clerks at the county courthouse started checking all the assessment figures for the city of Scranton to produce verified assessment figures for the city and the school district.

Budget still on hold

Without accurate reassessment data, Scranton City Council voted at its meeting to hold off final approval of the 1969 budget until correct numbers are provided by Lacka-wanna County.

Also at the council meeting, city Solicitor Harvey Gelb informed council that the 1968 salary appropriations had been depleted, and without a new budget, paychecks for city employees would be delayed until the budget is passed.

Shopping list

Round roasts for 89 cents per pound, chicken legs were 59 cents per pound, a pound of hot dogs were 59 cents, 6- ounce package of pickle or olive loaf was 33 cents, a dozen oranges were 69 cents, tomatoes were 39 cents per pound, 2 pounds of pears were 49 cents, a pound container of cottage cheese was 31 cents and two cans of sliced pineapple were 79 cents.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at (bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.

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