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            1               SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7                   Tuesday, JUNE 23, 2009

 

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            9                        LOCATION:

 

           10                    Council Chambers

 

           11                 Scranton City Hall

 

           12              340 North Washington Avenue

 

           13                Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

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                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR - OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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                MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

 

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                MS. JANET E. EVANS

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            9   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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                MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

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           12   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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                MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

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           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1   (Pledge of Allegiance recited and moment of reflection

 

            2   observed.)

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.  Mrs.

 

            5              Gatelli.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  Here.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  Dispense with

 

           13              the reading of the minutes.

 

           14                      MS. GARVEY: 3-A. CONTROLLER'S REPORT

 

           15              FOR THE MONTH ENDING MAY 31, 2009.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           17              If not, received and filed.

 

           18                      MS. GARVEY: 3-B.  TAX COLLECTION

 

           19              COMPARISON REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE SINGLE

 

           20              TAX OFFICE JUNE 18, 2009.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: Are any comments?  If

 

           22              not, received and filed.

 

           23                      MS. GARVEY: That's it for third

 

           24              order.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Announcements from


 

 

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            1              council?  Anything?  Just very briefly, I

 

            2              would like to thank all of those who

 

            3              participated in and helped with the Father's

 

            4              Day five-mile race.  We had a number of

 

            5              sponsors that I would like to thank.  Also,

 

            6              the runners we had a number of father and

 

            7              son -- or father and daughter teams that

 

            8              ran, a number of prostate cancer survivors

 

            9              that ran, all in all it was a very

 

           10              successful day, and again, thank you to

 

           11              everyone who helped and participated, and

 

           12              with that we will go to citizens,

 

           13              participation.  Austin Burke.

 

           14                      MR. BURKE: Thank you.  Mr. McGoff.

 

           15              Ladies and gentlemen of council, I wish to

 

           16              thank and commend Scranton City Council for

 

           17              the valuable public hearings held yesterday

 

           18              on the Keystone Opportunity Zones.  I'd like

 

           19              to take this opportunity to relieve some

 

           20              concerns that were raised during the

 

           21              hearings.  A major concern is the possible

 

           22              relocation of potential tenants to KOZ's for

 

           23              the purpose of avoiding taxes.  The

 

           24              Pennsylvania Department of Community and

 

           25              Economic Development, DCED, has adopted


 

 

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            1              protections to prevent such actions.  DCED

 

            2              states that any business existing in

 

            3              Pennsylvania that moves from it's current

 

            4              Pennsylvania location into a KOZ may not

 

            5              receive any exemptions unless it increases

 

            6              it's full-time employment by at least

 

            7              20 percent or makes a significant capital

 

            8              investment in the new KOZ property.  This

 

            9              prevents simple relocations.  It does

 

           10              provide an opportunity for growth.  We

 

           11              believe that Scranton businesses should have

 

           12              the opportunity to continue their growth

 

           13              here in the city.  There are no Scranton

 

           14              companies, no Scranton companies considering

 

           15              our Mount Pleasant Corporate Center.  There

 

           16              are three medical clinics from elsewhere and

 

           17              four financial service and information

 

           18              technology operations considering Mount

 

           19              Pleasant.  These are quality jobs,

 

           20              family-sustaining careers, the pay ranges

 

           21              from $15 to $35 per hour and $30,000 to

 

           22              $90,000 per year for these positions.

 

           23                      Another concerning is to ensure that

 

           24              these properties will one day be on the tax

 

           25              rolls.  Again, the Pennsylvania Department


 

 

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            1              of Community and Economic Development limits

 

            2              this KOZ exemption.  It is temporary.  The

 

            3              properties at Glenmaura, for example, are

 

            4              now fully on the tax rolls generating more

 

            5              than $4 million in real estate taxes

 

            6              annually.  KOZ's accelerate the pace of

 

            7              development.  Non-KOZ properties remain foul

 

            8              for many, many years.  We need investment

 

            9              now.  This is a brutal economy that we are

 

           10              in.  We need investment now.  We need

 

           11              construction now.  We need jobs now not five

 

           12              years down the line.  We urge you to extend

 

           13              the KOZ benefits so that our good people can

 

           14              get to work now.  Thank you very much for

 

           15              the opportunity.

 

           16                      (During Mr. Burke speaking Mrs.

 

           17              Evans enter council chambers.)

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Burke.

 

           19              Sam Patilla.  Excuse me, Mr. Patilla, before

 

           20              you speak, I would just like the record to

 

           21              reflect that Mrs. Evans is present at the

 

           22              meeting.  Thank you.  I'm sorry.

 

           23                      MR. PATILLA:  Good morning,

 

           24              Mr. Courtright and Mrs. Evans.  I would like

 

           25              to go into this KOZ thing real quickly.


 

 

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            1              Yesterday when I attended the meeting, you

 

            2              know, there were certain questions I was

 

            3              looking for you guys to inquire, you know,

 

            4              to make the taxpayers a little bit more

 

            5              aware of exactly what's going on.

 

            6                      Now, one of those questions was in

 

            7              regards to the thousand jobs that were

 

            8              created, exactly how many of those jobs were

 

            9              actually created or will be created for

 

           10              Scranton residents?  Are some of those

 

           11              positions going to be held or created for

 

           12              people living in Archbald, Taylor, Dunmore,

 

           13              outside of this area, and if so will those

 

           14              other municipalities give Scranton some type

 

           15              of rebate for the tax brakes that their

 

           16              constituents are receiving.  Like you

 

           17              yourself you know, you go out, you get a cup

 

           18              of coffee, you eat lunch.  That's not going

 

           19              to amount to $100,000 at the end of the year

 

           20              because you're not going to eat your dinner

 

           21              in the city, you are going to eat your

 

           22              dinner where you live at, where you reside

 

           23              at.  It's not going to be bring any benefit

 

           24              to us.

 

           25                      Now, another thing that jarred my


 

 

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            1              attention was the lack of businesses that

 

            2              are actually Scranton businesses interested

 

            3              or being pursued for that Mount Pleasant

 

            4              site.  We have enough businesses here to

 

            5              fulfill the need that is going to be

 

            6              required by that college.  We all know that

 

            7              college is going to generate money

 

            8              regardless of who comes here or who doesn't

 

            9              come here.  That college will generate

 

           10              money.  If they have to deal with businesses

 

           11              outside of Scranton, it's not going to stop

 

           12              the show.  The party will go on, okay?

 

           13                      Now, in regards to Mr. Rinaldi, all

 

           14              right, we don't need to spend another

 

           15              taxpayer dollar, be it the city, the county,

 

           16              the state or the federal government on the

 

           17              500 block of Lackawanna Avenue.  They have

 

           18              gotten another freebies.  If you can't do

 

           19              what you can do in ten years it will never

 

           20              get done, all right?  An average person

 

           21              opening a small business give them between

 

           22              three to five years and realize whether or

 

           23              not they are going to fail or succeed.  We

 

           24              don't need 20 years to know if we are going

 

           25              to make it or break it.  Five years is


 

 

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            1              enough time and those organizations and

 

            2              individuals who have existing KOZ's or

 

            3              looking for extensions, the party is over.

 

            4              You had your opportunity.  There is no more

 

            5              freebies.  We got to start taking care of

 

            6              the citizens in this city and the people

 

            7              that actually pay the bills, not the ones

 

            8              looking for handouts.

 

            9                      You know, even if you deal with

 

           10              county welfare, city welfare or state

 

           11              welfare, whatever programs they have out

 

           12              there, they cut those people off after

 

           13              awhile.  All right?  Throughout the nation

 

           14              they stop giving women who were just having

 

           15              babies money for having babies, and we

 

           16              should do these same things to these people

 

           17              coming in with their hands out.

 

           18                      Now, with regard to Scartelli, okay,

 

           19              one of the questions I wanted you to ask for

 

           20              them was -- I'd looked for you ask of them

 

           21              was, okay, you've got a number of contracts

 

           22              with the City of Scranton, how many times

 

           23              have your project come in at or under

 

           24              budget?  How many times have you went over

 

           25              that budget costing the taxpayers more money


 

 

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            1              because every time you put a contract out to

 

            2              bid, the lowest bid does not necessarily

 

            3              mean that we as taxpayers are going to get

 

            4              the biggest bang for our buck.

 

            5                      Since I have gotten here all I hear

 

            6              is Scartelli, Scartelli, Scartelli.  There

 

            7              are other companies out there that can do

 

            8              that same work.  We're recycling the same

 

            9              people and the same individuals and the same

 

           10              corporations and the same organizations and

 

           11              the same businesses over and over and again.

 

           12              If you want to grow, you have to include

 

           13              everybody, not just the small circle of

 

           14              individuals and businesses.  It would have

 

           15              to be an entire city.  We all need to reap

 

           16              the rewards from this, okay?

 

           17                      Now, in closing and getting off that

 

           18              KOZ thing because I already know as many

 

           19              other people know that it's going to come

 

           20              down to a 3 to 2 vote, we already know this,

 

           21              all right?  Our only hope is the school

 

           22              board, but I couldn't sleep last night.

 

           23              This Brenda Williams has really taken me for

 

           24              a loop, all right, and I request that you go

 

           25              to the mayor and you tell that mayor because


 

 

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            1              Mrs. Williams was allegedly suffering from

 

            2              mental problems, all right, I myself and

 

            3              Phyllis and quite a few other members of the

 

            4              Afro-American Community don't utilize the

 

            5              doctors and the hospitals in this city.  We

 

            6              do not.  We go out-of-state and we go out of

 

            7              the area, so what Chris Doherty is going to

 

            8              do is he going to take some of that money

 

            9              sent to this city for minorities, all right,

 

           10              and open up a mental health and medical

 

           11              center and name after Brenda Williams if he

 

           12              wants to, I'm preferenced to the 1862

 

           13              Center, but operate it and fund it by

 

           14              Afro-Americans Puerto Ricans and poor

 

           15              minorities and non-minorities in this city,

 

           16              somebody who can help us with the problems

 

           17              that we are facing, be it mental or medical,

 

           18              because evidently that woman did not get

 

           19              what she needed in this city.

 

           20                      MR. MCOGFF: Thank you.  Nancy Krake.

 

           21                      MS. KRAKE: Good morning, Council.  I

 

           22              am of two minds here actually, so I don't

 

           23              know how connected my speech will be so I

 

           24              apologize for that.  I listened to the

 

           25              people explaining their reasons for their


 

 

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            1              KOZ requests yesterday and I understand if I

 

            2              were getting a tax break that I would want

 

            3              to continue getting it and I can see that

 

            4              they want to use that to make their

 

            5              businesses grow, which would ultimately

 

            6              trickle down to the citizens of the

 

            7              Scranton.  Unfortunately, though, this

 

            8              council and previous councils have supported

 

            9              Mayor Doherty's duplicity in everything.  He

 

           10              draws the line down the middle.  The

 

           11              citizens are forced to take a 25 percent tax

 

           12              increase and incur devastating penalties and

 

           13              interest that go to Abrahamsen, Moran and

 

           14              Conaboy.  That was voted in many times over

 

           15              the interest by Mrs. Gatelli, Mr. McGoff and

 

           16              Mrs. Fanucci.  They were not -- two of those

 

           17              people were not reelected as were previous

 

           18              council people who are in all fairness were

 

           19              supporting the mayor's legislation.  He has

 

           20              continued to be elected, but they have not

 

           21              been, the council people.

 

           22                      There should be reciprocity.  There

 

           23              is something drastically wrong with the

 

           24              picture when you will continue to give tax

 

           25              breaks to businesses and continue to punish


 

 

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            1              citizens, severely penalizing them.

 

            2                      I don't think there is a citizen in

 

            3              Scranton that doesn't want more business,

 

            4              but I do think there are many who would love

 

            5              to have tax breaks.  Mrs. Evan's budgets

 

            6              over the years have created those.  We have

 

            7              seen none of that from Mayor Doherty.  In

 

            8              fact, we have seen no cost of living raises,

 

            9              for unions until recently, whereas we have

 

           10              seen millions in cost salary increases for

 

           11              his people.

 

           12                      We were closing in on the $2 million

 

           13              mark for arbitration fees and we are also

 

           14              closing in on the $1 million yearly payment

 

           15              for double pensions.  We have a $16 million

 

           16              annual debt payment.  None of this has been

 

           17              attacked -- I'm sorry, is something --

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I apologize, Mrs.

 

           19              Krake, somebody wanted Mr. Minora outside.

 

           20                      MS. KRAKE: That's okay.  I would

 

           21              hope that if this council is going to

 

           22              support KOZ's that they rethink all of the

 

           23              times they have hurt the citizens.  Thank

 

           24              you.

 

           25                      MR. UNGVARSKY: Good morning, City


 

 

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            1              Council.  I'm Tom Ungvarsky and I have been

 

            2              a property taxpayer in this city over

 

            3              50 years.  Mr. McGoff, yesterday I sat here

 

            4              and I listened to wealthy developers and

 

            5              businessmen give a pitch as to why they

 

            6              should get tax relief.  Mr. Rinaldi has

 

            7              already received over $30 million for his

 

            8              project.  Mr. Bob Burk stood before you and

 

            9              wouldn't answer your questions as to whose

 

           10              coming as to why he won't pay the money he

 

           11              owes the city.

 

           12                      We also heard Mr. Burke from the

 

           13              Chamber of Commerce, and I hope you people

 

           14              aren't so naive as to believe everything he

 

           15              says.  He could have told you he was going

 

           16              to provide as many as $6,000 jobs and

 

           17              matched the mayor, but he doesn't have to

 

           18              back that up.  I think it's time now that

 

           19              this council did what's right for the people

 

           20              of the City of Scranton.  Give us a little

 

           21              bit of relief instead of continually raising

 

           22              our taxes.  I thank you.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: David Dbrozyn.

 

           24                      MR. DBROZYN: Good morning, Council.

 

           25              Dave Dobson, resident of Scranton, member of


 

 

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            1              the Taxpayers' Association.  First I'd like

 

            2              to start out with the question that has been

 

            3              unclear, will employees of KOZ's be eligible

 

            4              for deferred income taxes?  Can anybody

 

            5              answer that yes or no?

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Yes.

 

            7                      MR. DOBRZYN:  Yes.  In other words,

 

            8              there will be nothing forthcoming from any

 

            9              jobs that are created?  Well, I would just

 

           10              like to point out a couple of points and

 

           11              number two is no obvious compensation has

 

           12              been sought for tax exempts as a collective

 

           13              basis by council and I'd also like to note

 

           14              to anybody purchasing home properties,

 

           15              balloon payments are a big danger in your

 

           16              continuing to own this property.  They come

 

           17              at a bad -- they could come at an okay time

 

           18              or they could come at a bad time.

 

           19                      No action was taken and this goes

 

           20              right up to the state level for a retrieval

 

           21              of former coal reclamation despite a one

 

           22              dollar per ton tax.  Now, somebody out in

 

           23              Wyoming may feel that Pennsylvania doesn't

 

           24              deserve this and decide to build roads to

 

           25              just about no where instead of letting the


 

 

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            1              money go, but during World War I and World

 

            2              war II a lot of the coal in this area was

 

            3              requisitioned for ships, and so that the

 

            4              U-boats couldn't follow a smoke plume, and

 

            5              from what I could see that's started the

 

            6              decline of the anthracite industry because

 

            7              the citizens couldn't depend on anthracite

 

            8              coal in a viable supply.

 

            9                      And I'd also like to note that there

 

           10              is no counseling for those eligible for

 

           11              reverse mortgages if in arrears of property

 

           12              tax and hopefully this will change before

 

           13              it's turned over to NCC.  I think we should

 

           14              have a city government individual help some

 

           15              of these people that are in arrears and are

 

           16              having a hard time making ends meet because

 

           17              their taxes aren't going to change or

 

           18              possibly go up and once it's turned over to

 

           19              a collection agency it's, as we know, it's

 

           20              another balloon payment.

 

           21                      And I'd also like to point out that

 

           22              our tax office is still not reformed,

 

           23              hopefully in the future somebody will get

 

           24              elected to the tax office that will make the

 

           25              necessary changes, and also our state


 

 

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            1              government is in dire straights, so we

 

            2              really can't expect to hear any good news

 

            3              from them in abundance.  They are obviously

 

            4              not going to help us even though they have

 

            5              extended this KOZ.  So, you know, I feel sad

 

            6              if development isn't progressed, but in

 

            7              fairness to other taxpayers would you please

 

            8              consider that they're stuck paying the taxes

 

            9              while other people are getting the break and

 

           10              hopefully either way it goes it will work

 

           11              out.  Thank you and have a good day.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: Brett McCloe.

 

           13                      MR. MCCLOE:  Good evening.  My name

 

           14              is Brett McCloe, homeowner and definitely a

 

           15              taxpayer.  Why could anyone want to be

 

           16              against a parent providing their children

 

           17              with a better standard living and a chance

 

           18              to live in a safe KOZ community?  The least

 

           19              of the offensive statements that were very

 

           20              shallow I heard while riding on an elevator.

 

           21              I shook my head and thought to myself, I

 

           22              guess this means the rest of the parents in

 

           23              this city who don't live on a cul-de-sac in

 

           24              a KOZ must be doing a pretty crappy job at

 

           25              raising their children.  This conversation


 

 

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            1              forced me to think about KOZ's and take it

 

            2              on a personal level, so to Mr. and

 

            3              Mrs. Shallow, whoever you are, wherever you

 

            4              are, my wife and I are homeowners and pay

 

            5              taxes on our house.  We have four children,

 

            6              a 17-year-old who is on the National Honor

 

            7              Society and has an interest in the culinary

 

            8              arts.  A 14-year-old who is as strong as she

 

            9              is beautiful, and she has a quirky sense of

 

           10              wisdom which leaves me with a just what

 

           11              happened look on my face.  A-seven-year-old

 

           12              who once a week sits in an advanced class by

 

           13              himself making a 20-sided object called an

 

           14              inverted hexahedron.  In time my son will

 

           15              have much to offer this world;

 

           16              a-five-year-old drama queen whose voice and

 

           17              infectious smile will ensure her life will

 

           18              be filled with love and laughter.  I love

 

           19              them all very much.

 

           20                      All that being said, I think the

 

           21              real question is, is do families who live in

 

           22              KOZ's deserve a better future and a better

 

           23              standard of living at the expense of mine or

 

           24              the thousand other families who work hard to

 

           25              raise their children who have to cut back on


 

 

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            1              their standards of living while being forced

 

            2              to pay the taxes others can, but don't want

 

            3              to pay.  Even families that rent are not

 

            4              immune to the adverse affects of too many

 

            5              KOZ's and nontaxable entities.  Every time

 

            6              this city has to raise taxes landlords have

 

            7              to raise rent in order to compensate.

 

            8                      Paying five times higher than

 

            9              average in taxes in the future is spin and

 

           10              fuzzy math.  You can't compare the tax value

 

           11              of a brand new home to a 50, 60 or even

 

           12              100-year-old home.  All of the homes in the

 

           13              KOZ have nearly three times the value of

 

           14              mine and will only pay twice the amount in

 

           15              taxes.  The amount of money the city will

 

           16              get back will mean nothing if Mr. Rendell

 

           17              and Mr. Doherty raise taxes in order to fill

 

           18              budget gaps and pay off debts.  With future

 

           19              tax increases on the horizon, it's not

 

           20              unthinkable that my taxes will be slightly

 

           21              less or maybe the same as the $5,000 in

 

           22              taxes a brand new KOZ will pay 8 to 10 years

 

           23              from now.  What a bargain.  Build a brand

 

           24              new KOZ home, save 40 to 50,000 in taxes and

 

           25              in eight years pay the same, slightly more


 

 

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            1              or in some case pay less than people who

 

            2              have been paying the increases in taxes all

 

            3              along that same period.  What a deal.

 

            4                      Please correct me if I'm wrong, the

 

            5              city doesn't own those lots, commercial or

 

            6              residential, developer's do, so regardless

 

            7              if those lots have anything on them, if the

 

            8              KOZ is denied taxes on those properties will

 

            9              still have to be paid by the developer not

 

           10              by the citizens, not ten years from now, but

 

           11              in 20011.  Bottom line is if you can't

 

           12              afford to build a home or run a business

 

           13              without a KOZ, most rational people would

 

           14              suggest you rethink your priorities, so

 

           15              forgive those of us who did pay taxes and

 

           16              experience higher rents if we don't see the

 

           17              greatness of your tax generosity.  We, who

 

           18              for the prestige of others, are waiting for

 

           19              the return on our tax investment.  We need

 

           20              to take a stand.  All KOZ's do is allow the

 

           21              people to live and businesses to operate

 

           22              outside of their meetings seven to ten years

 

           23              longer than maybe they should.  I just hope

 

           24              that a little bit of common sense, which

 

           25              seems to be uncommon -- we all have to vote


 

 

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            1              "no" on those things.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: Breett, I only have one

 

            3              question, how many businesses do you run in

 

            4              the city?

 

            5                      MR. MCCLOE: It doesn't matter.  I've

 

            6              worked -- I'm an employee --

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: No, I'm asking you a

 

            8              question.  Do you have any?

 

            9                      MR. MCCLOE: No, no, no.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Fanucci --

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: Okay.  Thank you.

 

           12                      MR. MCCLOE: No, no, wait a minute.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: Now --

 

           14                      MR. MCCLOE: She posed the question

 

           15              to me.  I am an employee, I'm not just a

 

           16              name tag.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Okay.

 

           18                      MR. MCCLOE: I work.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI: It's a "yes" or "no,"

 

           20              sir.

 

           21                      MR. MCCLOE: It doesn't matter.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: "Yes or "no."

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Please.

 

           24                      MR. MCCLOE: You can't have a

 

           25              business without it's employees.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  There's my answer.

 

            2              Thank you.  Step down, please.

 

            3                      MR. MCCLOE:  You cannot run a

 

            4              business without employees.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Please.  Kristy Kizer.

 

            6                      MS. KIZER: Good morning, Council.

 

            7              My name is Kristy Kizer and I am a city

 

            8              resident and taxpayer.  I am here today in

 

            9              reference to receiving the KOZ on my Lot No.

 

           10              120 or also known as 1508 Euchlid Avenue in

 

           11              the Village of Tripps Park Community

 

           12              Development.  I have already spoke yesterday

 

           13              and the meeting before that, so I won't take

 

           14              much of your time.  My family has never

 

           15              received any type of KOZ in the past.  I am

 

           16              only asking that we receive the same

 

           17              benefits that has already been enjoyed by

 

           18              all our neighbors in the Village of Tripp

 

           19              Park Community Development.

 

           20                      As I stated to you all yesterday, if

 

           21              my family does not receive the KOZ on our

 

           22              lot it will remain vacant for at least the

 

           23              next five years that we can save enough

 

           24              money to start the construction of the home.

 

           25              I am begging you that you will all grant our


 

 

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            1              KOZ.  I hope that you all can kind find it

 

            2              in your hearts to approve our KOZ so that we

 

            3              can provide a better life for your children.

 

            4              Thank you.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Bill Bradiken.

 

            6                      MR. BRADIKEN: Good morning.  My name

 

            7              is William Bradiken, proud resident of the

 

            8              great City of Scranton.  Among other things

 

            9              I am a developer.  I have zero involvement

 

           10              in any of the KOZ's in front of you today so

 

           11              I'm talking to you more as a resident, as a

 

           12              citizen.  Last time I was here I talked

 

           13              about a legion of hope, so I'm a hopeful

 

           14              citizen with hope in the future of the city,

 

           15              with hope in the body that I'm looking at

 

           16              and that I'm addressing, with hope of your

 

           17              vision, of your sanity, of your equality.

 

           18                      I think somehow in this city

 

           19              developer and development have become dirty

 

           20              words.  They are not.  What's the word?

 

           21              Develop, create something, you know, a lot

 

           22              of people that want to create a lot of

 

           23              things.  Some, all, none, are going to make

 

           24              money.  Some, all, I pray not none are going

 

           25              to create something for your, for your kids,


 

 

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            1              for your grandkids.  The girl that spoke

 

            2              before me wants a home for her family.

 

            3              That's unbelievable.  Ludicrous.  Where does

 

            4              she come up with that?  A home for her

 

            5              family, how could they deserve that?

 

            6                      Beautification of a block of a

 

            7              downtown that was dank and desolate into a

 

            8              beautiful thing.  A corporate center that's

 

            9              going to be bring how much business in?

 

           10              You've got to slow down the political

 

           11              machine and we got to look at things as

 

           12              people.  Take half a step back and just let

 

           13              everything stand on it's own merits.  Don't

 

           14              worry about what somebody thinks, don't

 

           15              worry about what somebody told you, don't

 

           16              worry about the little group that you are

 

           17              in.  Worry about the City of Scranton.

 

           18              Worry about your grand kids.  It's not that

 

           19              hard.  It's a simple task in front of you.

 

           20              You are a board of citizens with all of your

 

           21              own individual experiences, just use them to

 

           22              the best of your God given ability and there

 

           23              is no way you could do anything wrong.

 

           24              That's all.  Thank.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Joe Hillson.


 

 

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            1                      MR. HILLSON:  Good morning, city

 

            2              council.  I'm not used to coming here that

 

            3              much so I wrote my -- it's going to look

 

            4              like I'm writing it, but I just wanted to be

 

            5              coherent with what I was saying to get it

 

            6              out, so I'll probably be reading, but I mean

 

            7              what I say I was only able to attend your

 

            8              meeting yesterday and got to listen to the

 

            9              developers.  I only have the facts from one

 

           10              day, I'm only speaking to you about what I

 

           11              know about one day so I hope I don't get

 

           12              sued and everything else, but here I am.

 

           13                      My name is Joe Hillson, I'm a

 

           14              lifelong resident in Scranton.  I'm a

 

           15              property owner and I'm a member of the

 

           16              silent majority since everybody seems to be

 

           17              a member of a club.  Our club is full of

 

           18              working people.  We are too busy to come to

 

           19              meetings, we work two and three jobs.  We

 

           20              try every means possible to feed, cloth and

 

           21              educate our children.  Family and condition

 

           22              of our neighborhood is the two paramount

 

           23              things we -- and political things that we

 

           24              experience daily.  We know the names and the

 

           25              faces and the political names of the shakers


 

 

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            1              of the area.  We know them well.  We know

 

            2              how they get a political job in Scranton, we

 

            3              talk amongst ourselves, we connect the dots

 

            4              and we know that it is the way it is and so

 

            5              enough said on that.

 

            6                      Suffice it to say, the coal barons

 

            7              who pillaged the lands around us for years a

 

            8              and the prior years have nothing on the

 

            9              saviors of the brownfields that come before

 

           10              you today.  Many here have had cause for

 

           11              years already.  The cause is now our savior.

 

           12              Just look at it's monument, the Southern

 

           13              Union building.  It's sat down there after

 

           14              we -- years and years and years with

 

           15              one-lane traffic.  It sat idle for years and

 

           16              another well-known local party stepped in

 

           17              and saved us.  Again, it was a bargain

 

           18              basement price.

 

           19                      I have only one day to listen to the

 

           20              facts presented at your caucus here

 

           21              yesterday.  These are our local businessmen

 

           22              we read so much about.  These are the people

 

           23              who speak and it's done.  It is pretty clear

 

           24              at yesterday's meeting that they have and

 

           25              had had land dealings, KOZ treatments,


 

 

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            1              contractual problems and not total success

 

            2              stories in their past, yet they are here for

 

            3              more free taxes.

 

            4                      A lot of members in my club, the

 

            5              silent majority, sit home yelling at their

 

            6              TV screen while trying to balance the bills.

 

            7              They complain to their friends and their

 

            8              family daily.  They use code words.  Job

 

            9              means just over broke.  Scranton, it means

 

           10              are you still living there?  City council

 

           11              means 3/2 vote.  Channel 61 means out with

 

           12              the civic minded donating time service

 

           13              people, next to free at the KOZ and in with

 

           14              the $100,000 program that gives us pictures

 

           15              of all our accomplishments.

 

           16                      Enough said, I digress from the

 

           17              issue at hand.  I'm here to speak for the

 

           18              members of my club, the silent majority.  We

 

           19              are your wage slaves.  It's getting nasty

 

           20              where we live.  The people here in our

 

           21              neighborhoods aren't bringing lunch boxes

 

           22              with them.  The cops and ambulances are seen

 

           23              frequently in our neighborhoods and they

 

           24              live close to us, and while I realize that

 

           25              there is very little crime in Scranton as


 

 

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            1              one of your applicants stated, he is glad it

 

            2              wasn't Wilkes-Barre.

 

            3                      I feel confident in telling you

 

            4              today that these people will not be the

 

            5              recipient of the $10.50 an hour jobs that

 

            6              they presented, that was the applicants, I

 

            7              meant presented the $11 to $50 an hour they

 

            8              presented.  Along that line, jobs, the real

 

            9              point of my being here.  I ask you, do you

 

           10              really think that the people who get the

 

           11              better jobs, the higher range, $25 to $50

 

           12              are going to live in Scranton?  Are they

 

           13              going to live in $1,200 to $1,500 loft

 

           14              apartments that we are hearing about?  Are

 

           15              they going to pay the 3.4 percent age tax on

 

           16              their earnings to this city or are they

 

           17              going to use the kind of economic power that

 

           18              they have in their lives and are they going

 

           19              to move to the surrounding communities like

 

           20              so many have done before them?  I bet the

 

           21              latter, because they still can use Scranton

 

           22              for free.  Enough said on that, too.

 

           23                      The purpose of my being here is to

 

           24              ask city council members to explain to me

 

           25              how you are going to pay for the these deals


 

 

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            1              that are you likely going to pass.  We have

 

            2              a structural deficit.  We are a distressed

 

            3              city.  Does that mean anything to you?  We

 

            4              are in dire need of new money.  We are in

 

            5              debt up to our eyeballs.  We are in trouble.

 

            6              We live in KOZ land.  If I may, I only have

 

            7              one more page.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Briefly, please.

 

            9                      MR. HILLSON: It's shameful that you

 

           10              try to push this through like so many other

 

           11              things in Scranton's history.  We have to

 

           12              rush this before the ink is even dried

 

           13              because you got to meet a deadline.  The

 

           14              local radio stations and over of the trustee

 

           15              newspaper here list tonight's 7:00 p.m.

 

           16              council.  Sadly, a lot of people that might

 

           17              have got the gumption to get out here are

 

           18              going to miss it.  I urge you to tell me

 

           19              where you are get the money for these

 

           20              giveaways.  I fully expect to be dead when

 

           21              these properties start paying taxes.

 

           22                      However, that said, I urge you to

 

           23              send all of these local projects that you

 

           24              deem so viable and so necessary to our local

 

           25              bank, preferably, some of the other banks


 

 

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            1              that exist in this city and if they are

 

            2              really the good deal in these hard times of

 

            3              our brutal economy, like they say, they will

 

            4              fund these projects on their own dime

 

            5              through a bank.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Hillson.

 

            7                      MR. HILLSON:  My opinion is the

 

            8              older people -- I only have one more line.

 

            9              My opinion is the older people who own the

 

           10              homes and the properties left in this area

 

           11              in for a very rough ride in the future and

 

           12              taxes are going to break their backs.  I

 

           13              thank you for your time.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Any other speakers?

 

           15              Yes?  No?

 

           16                      MS. FRANUS:  Fay Franus, Scranton.

 

           17              Last week during the meeting, Mrs. Gatelli,

 

           18              you could have ended this right here and

 

           19              then, but you chose not to.  You put all of

 

           20              us through all of this, everybody coming, it

 

           21              could have ended last week.  But what did

 

           22              you do?  You threw Mrs. Fanucci under the

 

           23              bus.  How did you like the tire marks?

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Wait, I'm not even

 

           25              aware, so tell me?


 

 

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            1                      MS. FRANUS:  Judy said, "I'm not

 

            2              going to let Mrs. Fanucci or Mr. Courtright

 

            3              off the hook, I'm going to wait until they

 

            4              have to vote.  Why should they not have to

 

            5              vote."

 

            6                      That was her excuse for not voting

 

            7              last week, which it was, it was an excuse.

 

            8              And whether Mr. McCloe had a business or

 

            9              not, Mrs. Fanucci, it makes no difference.

 

           10              I don't have a business, but I'm not stupid

 

           11              enough to know that I pay taxes like all of

 

           12              these people here.  One woman pays taxes for

 

           13              32 years, not like myself.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Fay, you know the

 

           15              reason I want to put that out there is

 

           16              because people out there watch don't know

 

           17              who is a developer, who is not a developer,

 

           18              and who is saying, so I think it was

 

           19              important and vital for people to know who

 

           20              are watching what qualifications people have

 

           21              when they come in here.  I wouldn't assume

 

           22              that I would know, I wouldn't assume you

 

           23              would know.

 

           24                      MS. FRANUS:  I know, I don't need to

 

           25              be a developer or a business owner to


 

 

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            1              understand what's going on here.  See, all

 

            2              of these men in these suits?

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yeah, with millions of

 

            4              dollars they are putting in our city.

 

            5                      MS. FRANUS:  Millions of dollars

 

            6              they are putting into their pocket.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  Oh, not into our city?

 

            8                      MS. FRANUS:  See my ten dollars

 

            9              here?  You want it?  Do they want it?  It's

 

           10              my last $10 until my retirement check.  Oh,

 

           11              Mr. McGoff, maybe you want to give me some

 

           12              of your money.  I have to go to my sister's

 

           13              for leftover.  Oh, real funny.  Some people

 

           14              don't even have people to go to leftovers

 

           15              for because what you people are doing up

 

           16              there.  We don't have to be business people

 

           17              to know what's going on here.

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI: Fay, I totally agree,

 

           19              but don't you think we'll have more

 

           20              opportunity for better jobs is something

 

           21              that's worth it, maybe you wouldn't have to

 

           22              walk around with $10 in your pocket?

 

           23                      MS. FRANUS:  No.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Why?

 

           25                      MS. FRANUS: These people are


 

 

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            1              millionaires.  These developers and stuff

 

            2              are millionaires and then they want more.

 

            3              No.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: But don't --

 

            5                      MS. FRANUS: Sherry, you can talk

 

            6              until you are blue in the face.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  You don't think job

 

            8              creation means anything?  You don't think in

 

            9              times right not where economic --

 

           10                      MS. FRANUS:  Southern Union did

 

           11              nothing.  No. Many of these people came

 

           12              yesterday and said even though, even though,

 

           13              even if we don't get the KOZ's they still

 

           14              will develop it.  Well, then let them.  This

 

           15              is like blackmail.  I see what you are doing

 

           16              up here.  You are taking care of the rich

 

           17              people.  DeNaples, Bob Burke.  Bob Burke

 

           18              who, by the way, owes $600,000 in taxes and

 

           19              he hasn't paid it back yet, but yet you want

 

           20              to give him a KOZ.  Nice.  Real nice.  Take

 

           21              care of the rich, but you were elected to

 

           22              represent the people like myself and all of

 

           23              the other people, just like that man that

 

           24              came, the silent majority.  That's probably

 

           25              why you didn't get elected because you are


 

 

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            1              doing all of these things for the rich

 

            2              people constantly.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: Don't say something

 

            4              like that, that's just -- first of all, it's

 

            5              off base, it's wrong --

 

            6                      MS. FRANUS:  No, it's not.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  It certainly is wrong.

 

            8                      MS. FRANUS: Who are you

 

            9              representing?

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI: Who am I representing?

 

           11                      MS. FRANUS:  You're representing all

 

           12              the people coming --people that live at

 

           13              Tripp's Park, for example, they have

 

           14              $200,000 houses.  I wish I could go there,

 

           15              you know, I have a like a $30,000 house.

 

           16              How come I don't get taxes -- no taxes.  I

 

           17              mean, how do you pick and choose.

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI:  You had an opportunity

 

           19              to move to Tripp's Park if you wanted to.

 

           20                      MS. FRANUS: I couldn't afford it.

 

           21              There is no way in hell I could afford it.

 

           22              Most of us couldn't, that's what I can't

 

           23              understand.  These people that can afford to

 

           24              go to Tripp's Park are getting no taxes.

 

           25              Amazing.  But, please, I don't have to be a


 

 

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            1              business people to understand -- a business

 

            2              person rather to understand what's going on

 

            3              here.  You are taking care of special

 

            4              people.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: I want 1,000 jobs.  I

 

            6              don't think that's rude, I don't think it's

 

            7              wrong, I don't think it's not an

 

            8              opportunity.

 

            9                      MS. FRANUS:  And you can't say -- we

 

           10              were waiting all of these years for the

 

           11              people at Tripp's Park to finally start

 

           12              contributing to the taxes.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: They will be.

 

           14                      MS. FRANUS: When?

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  I'm glad you brought

 

           16              that.  You are wrong in that assumption.

 

           17              The first phase of Tripp's Park will be

 

           18              paying in two more years.  We're getting all

 

           19              of that money, so I'm glad you put that out

 

           20              there because it's not that we are extending

 

           21              their opportunities.

 

           22                      MS. FRANUS:  We are giving it to

 

           23              more people that are going there.  This

 

           24              should end.  How do you give to some

 

           25              residential people and not others when other


 

 

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            1              people, 90 percent of the people in the city

 

            2              are paying their tax.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI:  Opportunity is

 

            4              everyone's.  It's who chooses to take it and

 

            5              who doesn't.

 

            6                      MS. FRANUS:  Yeah, who chooses.

 

            7              It's who you choose.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  It has nothing to do

 

            9              with I do.  I can't say that you can apply.

 

           10              If I decide to say let's do Tripp's Park you

 

           11              have the opportunity to go in and do it.

 

           12                      MS. FRANUS:  How come you don't come

 

           13              to the regular neighborhoods for the average

 

           14              person and say this week -- you know, this

 

           15              year you don't have to pay taxes?  When are

 

           16              you going to go to the average person that

 

           17              takes care of this city?  Yeah, the average

 

           18              person.  We are not all rich like these

 

           19              developers.  It's a disgrace.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Good

 

           21              afternoon.

 

           22                      MR. RINALDI: Good afternoon, Donald

 

           23              Rinaldi, representing 500 Lackawanna

 

           24              Development Project.  Council, I just wanted

 

           25              to come and just set some of the misnomers


 

 

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            1              -- to correct some errors in this.  The

 

            2              particular property that we are looking at

 

            3              was not a KOZ that received benefits for ten

 

            4              years, as I mentioned in caucus yesterday.

 

            5              The particular property has been on KOZ for

 

            6              four years and we are respectfully asking

 

            7              for an extension with the KOZ to use it as

 

            8              the economic development tool that it is.

 

            9                      As far as Lackawanna Avenue goes,

 

           10              certainly there has been millions of dollars

 

           11              put in the project.  There has been millions

 

           12              of dollars put in the project by our

 

           13              development company and our family to

 

           14              stimulate, strength and sustain the

 

           15              community where we do business, where we

 

           16              choose to do all our business.  With that

 

           17              said, the KOZ extension should be looked at

 

           18              what is the net gain.  If you have something

 

           19              that produces nothing for the city, and we

 

           20              ask for a seven-year extension, which would

 

           21              amount to $28,000 as I said yesterday, the

 

           22              net gain will be hundreds of thousands of

 

           23              dollars to help be a catalyst to the rest o

 

           24              the project, so I just feel I need to set

 

           25              that straight.  We are not asking for a


 

 

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            1              handout.  We are asking you to help us grow

 

            2              and ease tax burden and grow business in

 

            3              this town.  It will not cost the taxpayers,

 

            4              it will create more revenue to ease taxes,

 

            5              that's what we are all about.  We all pay

 

            6              taxes, we all want to see the community

 

            7              grow, that's what we are attempting to do.

 

            8              So I again respectfully ask you to take this

 

            9              into consideration and help us continue our

 

           10              mission to strength the City of Scranton.

 

           11              Thank you.

 

           12                      MS. SUETTA: Good morning.  Jean

 

           13              Suetta.  Bob, thank you very much for

 

           14              getting ahold of Jerry Langan, the monument

 

           15              is going to say much.  As you people know,

 

           16              we have had a lot of rain, there is nothing

 

           17              being done on the river project.  Did

 

           18              anybody find out?

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: I did call to the flood

 

           20              control and spoke to Mr. O'Hora, he has been

 

           21              in contact -- constant contact with the Army

 

           22              Corp of engineers.  The city has been

 

           23              attempting to I'll say pressure them into

 

           24              starting.  Their answer was that they were

 

           25              waiting on stimulus money that was not yet


 

 

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            1              allocated to them and until they received

 

            2              those funds they were not going to begin or

 

            3              continue the project.  I know that's

 

            4              probably not an answer you want to hear --

 

            5                      MS. SUETTA: I thought they already

 

            6              had the money for the --

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Well, they -- as I said,

 

            8              Mr. O'Hora indicated to me that they have

 

            9              been constantly asking them to start, to

 

           10              start, to start, and they keep getting

 

           11              answers that it will be next week, next

 

           12              week, you know, that type of thing.

 

           13                      MS. SUETTA: That next week means

 

           14              nothing to me.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: I agree.  They have lost

 

           16              two months, two good months of construction

 

           17              time and it's very unfortunate.  I don't

 

           18              have a better answer for you, I'm sorry.

 

           19                      MS. SUETTA:  All right.  Thank you

 

           20              very much.  Did anybody go to Coney Island

 

           21              yesterday?  They reopened?  Now, there is a

 

           22              business that was arson, burnt down, the man

 

           23              brought it back, but no loans from the city

 

           24              and no KOZ and he did the establishment very

 

           25              good.  Now, how come all of these people


 

 

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            1              want KOZ's where this man did it on his own,

 

            2              and that's down in --

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI: He had insurance.

 

            4                      MS. SUETTA: No, he didn't have no

 

            5              insurance because it was arson and he didn't

 

            6              get no KOZ's.  No response.  Maybe --

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Jean, I can give you

 

            8              some insight on that if you want.  I mean,

 

            9              we are talking about a much smaller project.

 

           10              I mean, we are talking -- I mean, it's

 

           11              apples and oranges and when these developers

 

           12              develop it's not about them and I think

 

           13              people seem to misunderstand, also the

 

           14              businesses who are going to come in from

 

           15              them get the opportunity, so it's not just

 

           16              about this developer looking for all of

 

           17              this, it is creating opportunity for the

 

           18              small business guy who maybe could not start

 

           19              on their own because they don't have the

 

           20              funding or the type of capital behind them,

 

           21              so it's a double opportunity.

 

           22                      So what I'm saying is maybe, you

 

           23              know, 20 years ago or how long is Coney

 

           24              Island been there it's -- since --

 

           25                      MS. SUETTA: Since Moby Dick was


 

 

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            1              minnow.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: Exactly, since Moby

 

            3              Dick was a minnow as Jeannie said, but they

 

            4              have been there forever.  And is something

 

            5              like this -- if they could not start off

 

            6              like my family in their small business, now

 

            7              this would give them the opportunity to do

 

            8              that, so it is a definitely a two-fold

 

            9              story, so I agree that it's not for

 

           10              everyone, but people who are looking for

 

           11              bigger business or doing technical

 

           12              businesses where they are going to need a

 

           13              lot more funding, you know, it is a better

 

           14              opportunity, and I know it's contentious,

 

           15              and it should be.  It should be, so I agree.

 

           16              But, also, I want to tell you that the

 

           17              contract for the flood project is going to

 

           18              be awarded within the next three weeks, they

 

           19              are actually rebidding that now.

 

           20                      MS. SUETTA: Do you see if anything

 

           21              going on over at the railroad station?

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: No, actually I didn't

 

           23              and I was -- I just actually was there the

 

           24              other day and had a -- I think that they put

 

           25              that on hold for awhile because they haven't


 

 

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            1              put anything in so I definitely will let you

 

            2              know on that, too.

 

            3                      MS. SUETTA:  I got to tell you, I

 

            4              had a near tragedy at my house.  Got a new

 

            5              weedwhacker and I got a little chihuahua,

 

            6              long-hair, her name is Petunia, "Petunia,

 

            7              get out of here, I cut her tail off."

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Oh, Jeannie.

 

            9                      MS. SUETTA: But I grabbed the tail

 

           10              and the dog and went to Wal-Mart and

 

           11              everything was okay.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: Wal-Mart?

 

           13                      MS. SUETTA: Well, they are the

 

           14              biggest retailers around.  Sherry, got ya.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Sit down.  That was

 

           16              a bad one, Jeannie.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  You know what, it's

 

           18              early though.  If it was the night meeting I

 

           19              might have caught on quicker.

 

           20                      MS. SUETTA: I got to brighten yous

 

           21              up a little bit.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: That's right.  That's

 

           23              right.

 

           24                      MS. SUETTA: You pitched beautiful,

 

           25              Sherry.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI: Thank you, Jeannie.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: Ms. Suetta, two points I

 

            3              wanted to make, please, before you are

 

            4              seated.  First of all --

 

            5                      MS. SUETTA:  There's no cop today.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: No, isn't that amazing.

 

            7              What a wonderful change.

 

            8                      MS. SUETTA: Everybody is smiling.

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  Well, anyway,

 

           10              Jeannie, first of all with regard to the

 

           11              flood project, certainly I would agree with

 

           12              you, funds had been evidently set aside for

 

           13              that project or construction would never

 

           14              have begun.  It's also quite important that

 

           15              none of the projects that are funded through

 

           16              the stimulus, the federal stimulus package

 

           17              are receiving those funds as a replacement

 

           18              for original funds.  I believe the president

 

           19              has stated that very clearly and there will

 

           20              be problems with any project that tries to

 

           21              use those federal stimulus dollars as a

 

           22              substitute for the original dollars that

 

           23              were in place for a project.

 

           24                      Secondly, with regard to Coney

 

           25              Island, as you said, that's a business that


 

 

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            1              has been paying taxes to the city for well

 

            2              over 40 years.  They are not included in the

 

            3              500 block of Lackawanna Avenue --

 

            4                      MS. SUETTA:  More than 40 years.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS: -- in that project, and

 

            6              when you look at that magnificent project

 

            7              you should be very proud of yourself because

 

            8              it's your tax dollars that built it, that

 

            9              put those facades on, that created that

 

           10              park, that put in those sidewalks,

 

           11              constructed this streetlights, right down to

 

           12              the island in the middle of the Lackawanna

 

           13              Avenue.  And so, you know, I would say our

 

           14              tax dollars have already constructed this

 

           15              lovely project.  And at both ends, however,

 

           16              sandwiching that project, Jeannie --

 

           17                      MS. SUETTA: Yeah.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: Are two tax paying

 

           19              businesses that were not included in that

 

           20              project, so any improvements that they make

 

           21              they are make being out of their own pockets

 

           22              while simultaneously paying taxes in this

 

           23              City of Scranton and those are the type of

 

           24              businesses we need more of.

 

           25                      MS. SUETTA: Right.  No.  Come on.


 

 

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            1              They took all my time, Amil.  How about my

 

            2              rollover minutes?

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: No roll over minutes

 

            4              today.

 

            5                      MS. SUETTA: Have a good one.  Go to

 

            6              Walmart.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: All right, I will.

 

            8              Thanks.

 

            9                      MS. SUETTA: And I got you good,

 

           10              Sherry.

 

           11                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Good morning.  Marie

 

           12              Schumacher, resident and member of the

 

           13              Taxpayers' Association.  It was raised

 

           14              earlier that the delinquent property owners

 

           15              are subjected to Draconian penalties, that's

 

           16              true, and yet these KOZ recipients suffer no

 

           17              penalties if they to nothing.  They have

 

           18              nothing to deliver.  All the risk is on

 

           19              those who do pay taxes which is all of the

 

           20              non-KOZ people.

 

           21                      A matter of administrative effort, I

 

           22              don't know if Mr. Minora has checked all of

 

           23              these applications, but according to the

 

           24              legislation the application must contain the

 

           25              information required under Section 302 (a)


 

 

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            1              (1) (2) (3) (5) and (6) and I --

 

            2                      MR. MINORA: OECD has their own

 

            3              attorney that does the checking, I.  Do not

 

            4              familiarize myself with those are

 

            5              regulations, so --

 

            6                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Okay, thank you.

 

            7                      MR. MINORA: -- I assume that the

 

            8              attorney for OECD looks at that, I do not.

 

            9                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Thank you.  I don't

 

           10              believe that Section 302 was complied with

 

           11              and I would hope you would check that out.

 

           12              Also, Section 310 of the law extending the

 

           13              KOZ's or providing for extension provides

 

           14              for payments in exchange for approval, yet

 

           15              none of those with their hand outs yesterday

 

           16              and today were even asked for payments in

 

           17              exchange for approval which is most

 

           18              disappointing.  I wonder how many of you up

 

           19              there even bothered to read the legislation

 

           20              that authorized you to do what you may be

 

           21              doing today.

 

           22                      And as I pointed out last week,

 

           23              there are alternatives available.  LERTA's

 

           24              provide tax exemptions based on actual

 

           25              improvement costs, not imagined improvement


 

 

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            1              costs or pie in the sky jobs.  I mean, I

 

            2              almost came unglued yesterday when I heard

 

            3              we are going to have 150 jobs at a fast food

 

            4              place.  They are probably four-hour shifts

 

            5              by part-timers.  What we are looking for are

 

            6              full-time jobs preferably that are family

 

            7              sustaining.

 

            8                      Residential KOZ's create only an

 

            9              spurt of construction jobs, but provide for

 

           10              tax benefits for the duration, which is

 

           11              according to your seven years.  That's a

 

           12              lot.  Compare seven years of tax free

 

           13              everything, your property taxes, your

 

           14              earnings, and compare that to the poor 85

 

           15              and 95-year-old people who are living on

 

           16              social security and maybe even small wages

 

           17              that are trying to make a go of it, yet if

 

           18              they go delinquent what happens?  Draconian

 

           19              penalties.  Kick them out of their house,

 

           20              what the heck.  Maybe one of these

 

           21              developers can build a nice place where they

 

           22              can get 800 to 1,500 to $7,000 a month from

 

           23              the government to put these people up.  They

 

           24              want to stay in their own homes.  That's

 

           25              their lifetime dream.  I waited -- I know


 

 

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            1              how long I waited to get a down payment and

 

            2              nobody gave me any hand up.  I was proud to

 

            3              do it myself and I would do it again.  I

 

            4              think -- I don't even think I would even

 

            5              consider accepting such a gift from the

 

            6              taxpayers.  I think it's abominable.

 

            7                      The threat, of course, is that

 

            8              Jessup, Pittston, Throop, they have all

 

            9              provided KOZ extensions according to what we

 

           10              heard.  Well, they are not supporting three

 

           11              hospitals, four higher education facilities,

 

           12              and countless other nonprofits.  At least we

 

           13              would get property -- we would get taxes

 

           14              from the wages if people -- if they want --

 

           15              if they don't want to be close to the

 

           16              medical schools and the hospitals then let

 

           17              them move out there.  We will still get

 

           18              the -- we'll still get the benefits in the

 

           19              form of wage benefits, wage taxes.  Scranton

 

           20              residents can leave.

 

           21                      With respect to the Ice Box, that

 

           22              property is owned by the city, so I would

 

           23              question whether you can even vote yourself

 

           24              an extension because the city owns the

 

           25              property, so I think that's sort of a


 

 

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            1              conflict of interest.

 

            2                      Now, on the Mount Pleasant, and

 

            3              these things aren't unique, we get the same

 

            4              threats.  And medical clinics, what about

 

            5              the medical clinics we already have?  Are

 

            6              they going to rob their people?  It's just

 

            7              wrong, they were all wrong, it's

 

            8              discriminatory, you are picking winners and

 

            9              losers and I don't think you have the

 

           10              ability to do that.  Thank you very much.

 

           11                      MS. MURPHY: Morning, my name is Ann

 

           12              Murphy.  I'm a property owner, I have lived

 

           13              in the city most of my life, 62 years of it,

 

           14              anyway.  If new KOZ's and KOEZ's are to be

 

           15              proposed that's okay, but the ones that are

 

           16              here right now had ten years almost to

 

           17              accomplish whatever it was that they had

 

           18              intended to do.  They have been given ten

 

           19              years of tax exemptions in a lot of areas

 

           20              and now it's time for them to pay back to

 

           21              the community.

 

           22                      For the last year I have heard

 

           23              council say that, well, pretty soon we will

 

           24              start reaping taxes from the KOZ people

 

           25              because their time will be up, but now they


 

 

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            1              want an extension.  Some have already left

 

            2              the city.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: No, that's not -- I

 

            4              don't want to stop you, but that's not --

 

            5                      MS. MURPHY:  Please do not stop me.

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI: That's not correct.

 

            7                      MS. MURPHY:  You can speak later.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Okay, so you don't want

 

            9              to know the facts.  That's not correct.

 

           10                      MS. MURPHY: You can tell me the --

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: There is no one that

 

           12              was --

 

           13                      MS. MURPHY: You can tell me the

 

           14              facts later when it's your time.  Thank you.

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI: It's always my time.

 

           16                      MS. MURPHY: Some have already left

 

           17              the city, some went elsewhere.  In regards

 

           18              to the Connell building he received his KOZ,

 

           19              he went up to Petersburg, he went up and

 

           20              built his apartments up in the Petersburg

 

           21              Silk Mill.  Now he is coming back to work on

 

           22              the Connell building and he wants his

 

           23              extension.  Time is running out for their

 

           24              extensions, we will not get extensions on

 

           25              our taxes, all we get are more taxes and


 

 

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            1              fines.  Thank you.

 

            2                      MR. SLEDENZSKI: Hi, Billy?

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Hi, Chris.

 

            4                      MR. SLEDENZSKI:  Hi, Bill.  Hi,

 

            5              Judy.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI: I like your new shirt.

 

            7                      MR. SLEDENZSKI: Thank you.  Billy, I

 

            8              want to say something to one guy, I want to

 

            9              say this thing to one guy, Bill, that I

 

           10              know, all right, Bill?  Do you mind if I say

 

           11              it to him.  If I goof let me know, Bill.

 

           12              Hi, Buddy.  How is that, Bill, is that

 

           13              perfect?

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT: That's beautiful.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  Anyone else to speak?

 

           16              Mrs. Evans?

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: Good morning.  In light

 

           18              of Governor Rendell's recently announced tax

 

           19              hike I strongly urge taxpayers to contact

 

           20              state representatives Ken Smith and Kevin

 

           21              Murphy and Senator Robert Mellow and ask

 

           22              them to oppose the state income tax

 

           23              increase.  This flat tax is inherently

 

           24              unfair because it taxes the poor, middle

 

           25              class and the rich at the same rate and


 

 

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            1              significantly contributes to Pennsylvania's

 

            2              continued ranking among the ten most

 

            3              regressive tax systems in the nation.  I

 

            4              understand that the Pennsylvania State

 

            5              Constitution presently forbids a graduated

 

            6              tax, however, at one time the United States

 

            7              Constitution forbid women from voting until

 

            8              the effort was made to amend the

 

            9              constitution to include women's suffrage.

 

           10                      A similar movements by taxpayers and

 

           11              state representatives throughout

 

           12              Pennsylvania must be made to amend our state

 

           13              constitution to enact a graduated system of

 

           14              taxation which is fair to all taxpayers.

 

           15              Local property taxes plus Pennsylvania sales

 

           16              tax and income tax devour approximately

 

           17              11 percent of the income of the poor, 9

 

           18              percent of the income of the middle class,

 

           19              yet only 4 percent of the income of the very

 

           20              wealthy, the top 1 percent wage earners.

 

           21                      This tax increase will hit the

 

           22              middle class the hardest since it is the

 

           23              middle class who is not eligible for any

 

           24              percentage of tax forgiveness from state

 

           25              income tax.  As the budget deadline nears,


 

 

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            1              again, I urge you to help protect yourselves

 

            2              by contacting your state representative and

 

            3              telling him to vote against the state income

 

            4              tax increase.

 

            5                      Further, I move that Scranton City

 

            6              Council send letters of opposition to the

 

            7              proposed state income tax hike which will

 

            8              unfairly financially burden the middle class

 

            9              taxpayers of Scranton as well as the entire

 

           10              Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to

 

           11              Representatives Smith and Murphy and Senator

 

           12              Robert Mellow.

 

           13                      In addition, we respectfully request

 

           14              their votes against this proposed tax

 

           15              increase.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Second.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI: I'll abstain from the

 

           19              vote.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: I actually would -- I'm

 

           21              not sure how I feel about the idea of

 

           22              uniform or graduated taxes and whether --

 

           23              and the benefits or faults of each and I

 

           24              don't know that at this time I could vote to

 

           25              say "yes" or "no" to advocating either, and


 

 

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            1              so to the motion I would at this time I

 

            2              would have to vote "no" simply because I

 

            3              would like to have more time personally to

 

            4              evaluate.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS: Mrs. Gatelli, I had made

 

            6              a motion that city council send a letter of

 

            7              it's opposition to the proposed state income

 

            8              tax increase which so unfairly burdens the

 

            9              middle class taxpayer asking that our state

 

           10              representatives and Senator Mellow would

 

           11              oppose such a tax increase.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: Did you get a second?

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: And it's been seconded.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: We are on the question.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: I don't see a problem

 

           16              with that.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: All those in favor

 

           18              signify by saying aye.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  Opposed?  No.  And one

 

           23              abstention.  The ayes have it and so moved.

 

           24                      MS. EVANS: Next, council received

 

           25              the June report of the Scranton Tax Office.


 

 

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            1              The results of the latest distributions and

 

            2              latest comparisons between 2009 and 2008 are

 

            3              as follows:  Real estate tax, $10,601,198,

 

            4              an increase of $358,084 over 2008

 

            5              collections; the wage tax, $9,367,000, an

 

            6              increase of $1,590,000 over 2008; the LST,

 

            7              $827,162, an increase of $633,656 over 2008;

 

            8              and the business privilege and mercantile

 

            9              tax, $1,501,448, a decrease of $35,512 under

 

           10              2008's collections.

 

           11                      As we have an excessively lengthy

 

           12              agenda to accommodate 21 KOZ extensions, I

 

           13              will withhold further comments at this time.

 

           14              That's it.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Gatelli?

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI: I have nothing, I'll

 

           17              make my comments later.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Fanucci?

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI: You know I'm going to

 

           20              talk.  I'm not going to -- I promise I will

 

           21              keep it short since we do have a long

 

           22              agenda, but I do want to clarify a lot of

 

           23              misconceptions that were put out already

 

           24              today which seems to be the normal for our

 

           25              council meetings.


 

 

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            1                      To sit here and say that you as

 

            2              taxpayers get nothing out of these KOZ's is

 

            3              just -- it's an absolutely ludicrous

 

            4              assumption.  Do you realize that you are

 

            5              paying for it anyway regardless?  And this

 

            6              is what I keep saying over and over again

 

            7              with every opportunity that we have these

 

            8              grants, you are paying for it.  Do you want

 

            9              it here or do you want Allentown to have it?

 

           10              The 500 block, beautiful.  Yes, you

 

           11              contribute and Mrs. Evans is right, but it's

 

           12              here in your neighborhood, in your city,

 

           13              it's going somewhere.  You can sit here, you

 

           14              can dig your heels in, you can scream all

 

           15              you want, it is going somewhere.  Do you

 

           16              want the jobs, do you want the unions to go

 

           17              down and build every day in your city, do

 

           18              you want to the opportunity for the jobs

 

           19              that are created after for your family, for

 

           20              your friends, or do you want it to go to

 

           21              somewhere else?  Thirty other states offer

 

           22              tax benefits, tax breaks everywhere.  This

 

           23              is not unique to Scranton, this is not

 

           24              unique to Pennsylvania.  It's everywhere.

 

           25                      When you deal with big business on a


 

 

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            1              daily businesses you will realize the first

 

            2              thing they want, the best deal for them.

 

            3              Why?  Because you compete for big business,

 

            4              not any different than you go and you try to

 

            5              find the best deal for whatever you are

 

            6              buying.  It is normal business practice.  To

 

            7              sit here every week and say that these

 

            8              people who are investing millions of dollars

 

            9              for you, whether you like it or not, for

 

           10              you, is a bad deal is ridiculous, so we

 

           11              should send them packing:  Thanks for coming

 

           12              all you guys, you know, sorry you are the

 

           13              ones with the money who want to invest here,

 

           14              but can you take it somewhere else, please?

 

           15              Scranton wants nothing to do with you.

 

           16                      Is that -- is that even

 

           17              comprehendible?  No.  So will I sit here and

 

           18              fight every week for these jobs, you are

 

           19              darn right.  1,000 jobs, like it or not.

 

           20              I'm single mom, I work two jobs, and I'll

 

           21              tell you right now, I can go for a new one.

 

           22              Wouldn't it be nice to have better

 

           23              opportunity to grow.  I am not like other

 

           24              people up here.  I don't have an $85,000 a

 

           25              year job.  I'm not driving one of the nicest


 

 

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            1              cars in America, but I'll tell you what, the

 

            2              opportunity is out there.  I don't know how

 

            3              you can say you are for the people, but not

 

            4              want job creation.  You cannot talk out of

 

            5              both sides of your mouth.  You can't.

 

            6                      You can't sit here every week and

 

            7              say, "We have the lowest -- you know, nobody

 

            8              has any jobs.  Nobody can get a job in

 

            9              Scranton.  Unemployment rate is ridiculously

 

           10              low, but don't create any jobs.  Don't do

 

           11              it.  I want my tax dollars to go somewhere

 

           12              else, not to Scranton so don't create them

 

           13              because you know what, that might create

 

           14              opportunity."

 

           15                      Now, misconceptions that we are

 

           16              extending KOZ's for people who already have

 

           17              it, that whole statement was absolutely

 

           18              wrong.  If you are already occupied and you

 

           19              already live in a KOZ zone or if you already

 

           20              have a business that is occupied you are not

 

           21              getting an extension on KOZ, the state made

 

           22              that mandatory.  We can't do that even if we

 

           23              wanted to do that.  So, yes, you will be

 

           24              getting your benefits from your KOZ in two

 

           25              years, KOEZ in two more after that.


 

 

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            1              Millions of dollars will be coming in that

 

            2              weren't even a thought.

 

            3                      Do I believe that these developers

 

            4              can do this on their own?  Probably.

 

            5              Probably.  But do they need to be

 

            6              competitive for all the other areas that

 

            7              said, yes, and they are all out there

 

            8              because so far we are the only ones who are

 

            9              having this problem.  Everyone else, you

 

           10              know, you know, nobody in Archbald came

 

           11              screaming saying "no way."  They want the

 

           12              opportunity.

 

           13                      And I'm not going to turndown

 

           14              opportunity tore the city just because there

 

           15              are certain people here who believe that

 

           16              this is wrong.  It is our job to find out

 

           17              and educate yourselves.  I went to every

 

           18              meeting.  Not everyone up here can say that,

 

           19              I can tell you that.  I want to every

 

           20              meeting, I went to every caucus to educate

 

           21              myself for you, and I understand that you

 

           22              don't have to know all this, it's okay, but

 

           23              we do.  We have to look for ten years down

 

           24              the road.  We have to worry about 20 years

 

           25              down the road, and I will do that.


 

 

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            1                      I'm not saying I'm voting for every

 

            2              KOZ because I'm certainly not, but there are

 

            3              definitely merits to a lot of them, and I

 

            4              have looked individually and I believe that

 

            5              it is irresponsible to turndown opportunity

 

            6              for other people because you are turning it

 

            7              down and giving it away to other parts of

 

            8              our state, and that is all I have.  Thank

 

            9              you.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Mr. Courtright?

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Yeah, I'm not going

 

           12              to talk about the KOZ right now.  I'll just

 

           13              ask Mr. Minora a question, obviously I

 

           14              wasn't here last week, I was out of town and

 

           15              the question has been brought up more than

 

           16              one time and being that there is a

 

           17              possibility that I might be going to the tax

 

           18              office I would ask you if you believe that

 

           19              it would be illegal for the tax office over

 

           20              there to have a solicitor?  Is that against

 

           21              the law in your opinion and if you can't

 

           22              answer it now I'll wait.

 

           23                      MR. MINORA: The issue has been

 

           24              around for a long time.  Obviously, the

 

           25              city, school district and the county


 

 

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            1              contribute money to the operation of the

 

            2              Single Tax Office and have been aware for at

 

            3              least 25 years that I'm not aware that there

 

            4              is a solicitor there.  I think the first one

 

            5              was Paul Kelly under Mr. Walsh, that goes

 

            6              back to the 80's, so if it was prohibited,

 

            7              that's different than illegal or criminal,

 

            8              if it is prohibited by law it can be waived.

 

            9              Clearly having paid money over 25 years to

 

           10              employ a solicitor to me seems to be a

 

           11              waiver.  I don't how any judge in a Court

 

           12              would see it any other way than a waiver.

 

           13                      Now, that doesn't necessarily mean

 

           14              that there will a waiver the next year or

 

           15              the year after, the issue can be raised, but

 

           16              as to past practice it has clearly been a

 

           17              waiver.  It's been done with full knowledge

 

           18              of all of the taxing bodies.  I don't know

 

           19              if that answers your question, but --

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: And I'll tell you,

 

           21              you know, I wondered myself for awhile, but

 

           22              somebody asked me a question this week and I

 

           23              certainly couldn't answer it and I knew I

 

           24              couldn't ask it without an attorney or

 

           25              asking.  Does the tax office have a right to


 

 

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            1              run credit checks?  I don't know if they do

 

            2              or they don't so evidently somebody must

 

            3              have got a credit check run on themselves

 

            4              from the tax office.

 

            5                      MR. MINORA: Credit check?

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT: What's the

 

            7              individual asked me.  They didn't come right

 

            8              our and say they had a credit check run, but

 

            9              they asked me does the tax office have the

 

           10              right to run credit checks on people and I

 

           11              didn't know the answer to that, and if I was

 

           12              sitting over there I certainly wouldn't know

 

           13              the answer to that so I would have to refer

 

           14              some attorney.

 

           15                      MR. MINORA: I would like to look

 

           16              into that.  That sounds incorrect.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT: They did not tell me

 

           18              that they had one run on them, but that's

 

           19              the impression they had given me, so that's

 

           20              what prompted me to ask you this question.

 

           21                      MR. MINORA: I'm sure they would

 

           22              have -- I don't know where you would get a

 

           23              right to do that from the tax office.  You

 

           24              have a right to collect taxes, send out

 

           25              bills and collect the taxes and do whatever


 

 

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            1              is necessary to collect those taxes.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I know it's not

 

            3              your job to answer that question.  I thought

 

            4              I would use you while I have you.

 

            5                      MR. MINORA:  I'd rather look into

 

            6              that, but my gut is off the top of my head

 

            7              is that's not right.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Thank you very much.

 

            9              I appreciate that.

 

           10                      MR. MINORA: You are welcome.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: That's all I have,

 

           12              Mr. McGoff.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

           14              Mr. Courtright.  Just to continue very

 

           15              briefly on the KOZ items, some things that

 

           16              were said, everyone says that we are putting

 

           17              of millions of dollars into the hands of

 

           18              developers, that's not necessarily true.

 

           19              The developers don't make money until they

 

           20              rent or sell the property that they

 

           21              developed.  The money that has been

 

           22              received, for example, at Lackawanna Avenue

 

           23              or any other development goes into the

 

           24              project and not into the hands of the

 

           25              developer.  I think that's somewhat of a


 

 

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            1              misnomer.

 

            2                      As far as the KOZ extensions, I

 

            3              think, as Mrs. Fanucci said, these are not

 

            4              for existent developed or occupied

 

            5              properties.  The extensions are only for

 

            6              unoccupied, undeveloped or undeveloped

 

            7              properties.  So something like Tripp's Park

 

            8              where the land has been developed where

 

            9              people are living in the homes these

 

           10              properties will pay taxes when the KOZ

 

           11              program runs out.

 

           12                      Another example, the Ice Box.  The

 

           13              property on which the Ice Box is located

 

           14              will pay taxes when that -- when that

 

           15              program runs out.  The extensions are for --

 

           16              that are being asked for are on the

 

           17              undeveloped, unoccupied parts.  They have

 

           18              subdivided or subdivided those parcels of

 

           19              land.

 

           20                      As far as voting for or against, I

 

           21              think it's -- I arrived at two

 

           22              qualifications, I believe, for the KOZ

 

           23              extensions.  The first was when I looked at

 

           24              each one I wanted to see was there a plan to

 

           25              develop the land.  If there was a plan to


 

 

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            1              develop, I believe that that was the first

 

            2              thing that was important.  I wanted to see

 

            3              something was going to happen and that it

 

            4              was not that land was not going to sit idle

 

            5              for another however long.

 

            6                      The second was did the plan offer a

 

            7              benefit to the community, be it short-term,

 

            8              long-term benefit to the community, and if

 

            9              it did, if it met those two qualifications,

 

           10              I felt that it was worthy to be considered

 

           11              and to vote for.

 

           12                      And with that, I would like to move

 

           13              to our agenda and begin the task.

 

           14                      MS. GARVEY: 5-B.  FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           15              AN ORDINANCE - REMOVAL OF PARKING METERS

 

           16              LOCATED IN THE 700 BLOCK OF QUINCY AVENUE,

 

           17              BETWEEN GIBSON AND PINE STREETS, AND IN THE

 

           18              900 AND 1000 BLOCKS OF PINE STREET BETWEEN

 

           19              MONROE AVENUE AND COSTELLO COURT, AS MORE

 

           20              PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN THE CORRESPONDENCE

 

           21              AND ON THE DIAGRAM FROM MOSES TAYLOR

 

           22              HOSPITAL ATTACHED HERETO AND THEREAFTER, TO

 

           23              INSTITUTE DAILY PERMIT PARKING FOR MOSES

 

           24              TAYLOR HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll


 

 

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            1              entertain a motion that Item 5-B be

 

            2              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            6              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            7                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           12              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           13                      MS. GARVEY: 5-C.  FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           14              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           15              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE

 

           16              AND ENTER INTO ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF

 

           17              SCRANTON A SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES AGREEMENT

 

           18              FOR TRANSACTIONAL SERVICES TO THE BANK OF

 

           19              NEW YORK MELLON WORKBENCH SERVICES ("BNYM")

 

           20              AGREEMENT TO AUTHORIZE ACCESS TO

 

           21              TRANSACTIONAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE CITY

 

           22              REGARDING SUPPLEMENTAL PENSION PAYMENTS

 

           23              CURRENTLY MADE TO DESIGNATED RETIRED POLICE

 

           24              AND FIREFIGHTERS.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll


 

 

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            1              entertain a motion that Item 5-C be

 

            2              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            6              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            7                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           12              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           13                      MS. GARVEY: 5-D. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           14              A RESOLUTION - APPOINTING STEVEN KOCHIS, 531

 

           15              HICKORY STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           16              18505, AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ZONING

 

           17              APPEALS FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON.  MR.

 

           18              KOCHIS WILL REPLACE BILL MACDONALD, WHOSE

 

           19              TERM EXPIRES ON JULY 15, 2009.  MR. KOCHIS

 

           20              TERM WILL COMMENCE ON JULY 16, 2009 AND

 

           21              EXPIRE ON JULY 16, 2014.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll

 

           23              entertain a motion that Item 5-D be

 

           24              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            3              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            9              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           10                      MS. GARVEY: 5-E.  FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           11              A RESOLUTION - APPOINTING SUZANNE ANDRES,

 

           12              323 BIRCH STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           13              18505, AS ALTERNATE NO. 2 MEMBER TO THE

 

           14              BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS FOR THE CITY OF

 

           15              SCRANTON.  MS. ANDRES WILL FILL THE

 

           16              UNEXPIRED TERM OF STEVEN KOCHIS WHOSE TERM

 

           17              EXPIRES ON JUNE 1, 2010.  MS. ANDRES TERM

 

           18              WILL COMMENCE ON JULY 16, 2009 AND WILL

 

           19              EXPIRE ON JUNE 1, 2010.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll

 

           21              entertain a motion that Item 5-E be

 

           22              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


 

 

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            1              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            7              ayes have it and so moved.

 

            8                      MS. GARVEY: SIXTH ORDER.  6-A.

 

            9              READING BY TITLE - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 72,

 

           10              2009 - AN ORDINANCE - PROVIDING FOR THE

 

           11              ACCEPTANCE AND DEDICATION AS PUBLIC ROADS

 

           12              WILLIAMSBURG LANE, NORFOLK WAY, ROANOKE

 

           13              LANE, ARLINGTON WAY, CHESTERFIELD LANE AND

 

           14              HUNTINGTON WAY, AS WELL AS ALL THE STORM

 

           15              DRAINAGE SYSTEM UNDERLYING SAID STREETS AND

 

           16              RIGHTS-OF-WAY; ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED

 

           17              IMPROVEMENTS BEING LOCATED IN THE KEYSER

 

           18              TERRACE SUBDIVISION IN THE CITY OF SCRANTON,

 

           19              PENNSYLVANIA; ALSO AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           20              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT

 

           21              FOR THE SUM OF ONE DOLLAR ($1.00) AND TO

 

           22              RECORD IN THE OFFICIAL RECORDS AT THE OFFICE

 

           23              OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS FOR LACKAWANNA

 

           24              COUNTY A DEED FOR THE AFORESAID PUBLIC

 

           25              STREETS AND IMPROVEMENTS.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard reading

 

            2              by title of Item 6-A, what is your pleasure.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I move that Item 6-A

 

            4              pass reading by title.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            7              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            8                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           13              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           14                      MS. GARVEY: SEVENTH ORDER.  7-A.

 

           15              FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC

 

           16              SAFETY - FOR ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO.

 

           17              69, 2009 - ESTABLISHING AN ORDINANCE

 

           18              PROHIBITING THE USE OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

 

           19              BRAKE RETARDERS (I.E. JAKE BRAKES) ON

 

           20              CERTAIN DESIGNATED STREETS WITHIN THE CITY

 

           21              OF SCRANTON.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           23              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           24              Committee on Public Safety.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  As Chairperson for


 

 

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            1              the Committee on Public Safety, I recommend

 

            2              final passage of Item 7-A.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            5              call, please?

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            7                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           16              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           17                      MS. GARVEY: 7-B. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           18              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           19              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 70, 2009 - AMENDING FILE

 

           20              OF COUNCIL NO. 49, 2008, AN ORDINANCE

 

           21              ENTITLED "GENERAL CITY OPERATING BUDGET

 

           22              2009" BY TRANSFERRING $50,000.00 FROM

 

           23              ACCOUNT NO. 01.401.10070.4299 (GENESIS

 

           24              WILDLIFE REFUGE) TO ACCOUNT NO.

 

           25              01.100.00000.4550 (DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND


 

 

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            1              RECREATION-CAPITAL EXPENDITURES) TO

 

            2              SUBSIDIZE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF HANLON'S

 

            3              GROVE AT NAY AUG PARK.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            5              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

            6              Committee on Finance?

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for the

 

            8              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

            9              passage of Item 7-B.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           12                      MS. EVANS: The city must begin to

 

           13              curb it's nonessential spending.  These

 

           14              dollars are needed in the operating budget

 

           15              for expenditures.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes.

 

           21                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           23                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           25                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes. I hereby declare

 

            2              Item 7-B legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            3                      MS. GARVEY: 7-C.  FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            4              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            5              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 71, 2009 - CREATING AND

 

            6              ESTABLISHING SPECIAL CITY ACCOUNT NO.

 

            7              02.229593 ENTITLED "DEP FLOOD PROTECTION

 

            8              GRANT PROGRAM" FOR THE RECEIPT AND

 

            9              DISBURSEMENT OF GRANT FUNDS FROM THE

 

           10              DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (DEP)

 

           11              FLOOD PROTECTION GRANT PROGRAM FOR THE

 

           12              PURCHASE OF A VEGETATIVE SPRAYER AND TWO (2)

 

           13              PUMPS.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           15              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           16              Committee on Finance?

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for Finance,

 

           18              I recommend final passage of Item 7-C.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           21              call, please?

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            7              Item 7-C legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            8                      MS. GARVEY: 7-D. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            9              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           10              RESOLUTION NO. 128, 2009 - A RESOLUTION

 

           11              EXTENDING THE TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED

 

           12              INCOME TAX, NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND

 

           13              BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC

 

           14              GEOGRAPHIC AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS MOUNT

 

           15              PLEASANT CORPORATE CENTER, SCRANTON,

 

           16              PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH IS A PORTION OF THE

 

           17              PROPERTY CONVEYED TO SCRANTON LACKAWANNA

 

           18              INDUSTRIAL BUILDING COMPANY (SLIBCO) BY DEED

 

           19              DATED MARCH 5, 2008, RECORDED IN THE

 

           20              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

           21              AS REFERENCE NO. 2008-05077, CONSISTING OF

 

           22              LOTS 2,3,4 AND 5 AS SHOWN ON PRELIMINARY

 

           23              SUBDIVISION PLANS RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 30,

 

           24              2008 IN MAP BOOK 6A, PAGE 6265, DESIGNATED

 

           25              AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO


 

 

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            1              FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

            2              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

            3              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

            4              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

            5              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

            6              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

            7              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            9              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           10              Committee on Finance?

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for the

 

           12              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

           13              passage of Item 7-D.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           16                      MS. EVANS:  Yes, the Chamber of

 

           17              Commerce and SLIBCO have been planning in

 

           18              project since at least 2006 according to

 

           19              dates contained in the Scranton Plan.

 

           20              Clearly, they believed in the viability of

 

           21              this project years in advance of the

 

           22              Governor's action to extend KOZ's.  Three

 

           23              years later in 2009, the Chamber and SLIBCO

 

           24              do not believe that any business will locate

 

           25              at Mount Pleasant without a KOZ.


 

 

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            1                      Further, nameless, faceless

 

            2              businesses have issued an ultimatum to

 

            3              council and the school board.  It is not

 

            4              good business to apply for a loan, a grant

 

            5              or a KOZ extension without identifying one's

 

            6              self.  If this is the manner in which

 

            7              business operates, then I would imagine

 

            8              anyone to approach banking institutions and

 

            9              government with a general outline of a

 

           10              project without naming the businesses who

 

           11              participate in the project and expect to

 

           12              receive funding.  Small wonder the national

 

           13              and global economies are failing when one

 

           14              considers the deals and ethics of big

 

           15              business.

 

           16                      Finally, I believe Mr. Burke is

 

           17              protecting SLIBCO's and the Chamber's

 

           18              multi-million dollars investment in Mount

 

           19              Pleasant, nothing more, nothing less.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes, I just have a few

 

           22              comments.  I do believe in this project.  I

 

           23              believe that it will bring the necessary

 

           24              jobs that we so sorely need in our

 

           25              community, some high quality jobs to


 

 

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            1              accommodate the medical school that is

 

            2              certainly on it's way to Scranton.  I have

 

            3              to say that I have not always agreed with

 

            4              Austin Burke.  If anyone would go back in

 

            5              the records some 30 years ago I probably

 

            6              fought more projects than he brought before

 

            7              us in our neighborhood than I supported, but

 

            8              this is a quality project like the one on

 

            9              Stafford Avenue that was approved many years

 

           10              ago.  We were going to get a garbage

 

           11              transfer station there and now we have a

 

           12              beautiful flex building and a nursing home,

 

           13              etcetera, back in that area, so I do believe

 

           14              in this project, I do believe in the jobs.

 

           15                      I have a list here of some 40 states

 

           16              in the United States that have tax incentive

 

           17              programs for businesses.  We are not the

 

           18              only state that has tax incentives, so if we

 

           19              don't offer tax incentives to the businesses

 

           20              that are out there we are not going to get

 

           21              them.  It's not a matter of going to Throop

 

           22              or Carbondale, they are going to go to New

 

           23              Jersey, New York, Ohio, Maryland, all of the

 

           24              states around us and some of them have gone

 

           25              there.  You can check the record, they are


 

 

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            1              gone and they are not coming back, so I do

 

            2              believe in this project, and I will be

 

            3              voting for it.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  Anyone else on 7-D?

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: Yes.  It's very easy to

 

            6              sit here and --  I almost am baffled that

 

            7              the assessment that Mrs. Evans has made

 

            8              considering the fact she did not come or

 

            9              attend any of the meetings that we had to

 

           10              enlighten herself on what this is all about.

 

           11              I think it's imperative to realize that when

 

           12              these no votes come down today, you sit and

 

           13              you realize that it's a no vote to your

 

           14              unions to work in your city, it's a no vote

 

           15              for you to have an opportunity for jobs,

 

           16              it's a no vote for you to be able to grow as

 

           17              a city.  This is a thousand jobs in a time

 

           18              where we can't afford to lose one and we are

 

           19              creating them.

 

           20                      This is a time to be proud.  It's a

 

           21              time to celebrate because look around,

 

           22              nobody else is doing it.  Nobody else is

 

           23              creating, nobody else is building.  We have

 

           24              a lot to be proud of in Scranton and instead

 

           25              of putting a conspiracy theory on everything


 

 

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            1              that happens in this city it's time to say

 

            2              hard work, dedication, working together, and

 

            3              actually having a vision beyond what is

 

            4              about your needs is taking place and that's

 

            5              when you are going to benefit later on.  I

 

            6              don't expect any of you to realize until 10

 

            7              years down the road how wonderful this is,

 

            8              but I do expect elected officials to see it

 

            9              now and have a vision and clearly go after

 

           10              that vision and not just bash everyone so

 

           11              that they can look like they are doing a

 

           12              job.  Thank you.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: I would just like to add

 

           14              one thing, I should have mentioned before,

 

           15              we did receive a letter from Mr. Jack

 

           16              Flannigan and the president of IBEW, I

 

           17              believe, in support of the Mount Pleasant

 

           18              project and also speaking in general of the

 

           19              support for any projects that would bring

 

           20              additional work to the area.  He spoke for

 

           21              himself, his union, and also mentioned that

 

           22              other union leaders were in favor.  Anyone

 

           23              else?

 

           24                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  First, I wanted to

 

           25              explain, as I thought perhaps President


 

 

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            1              McGoff had to members of the chamber who

 

            2              were present at this meeting, that I was

 

            3              unable to attend because I had a medical

 

            4              appointment which could not be reschedule,

 

            5              otherwise, I certainly would have

 

            6              participated.  I should add, however, that I

 

            7              did attend the following day a town meeting

 

            8              that was hosted by Representative Kevin

 

            9              Murphy for the discussion of the proposed

 

           10              tax hikes and the Commonwealth's forthcoming

 

           11              budget.  I did happen to be the only member

 

           12              of council, in fact, the only elected

 

           13              official from the City of Scranton and the

 

           14              County of Lackawanna County to attend that

 

           15              meeting.

 

           16                      In addition, I don't believe that

 

           17              anyone at this dais or in the audience has

 

           18              ever stated that they are in opposition to

 

           19              business, to new business, to job

 

           20              opportunities.  However, the job

 

           21              opportunities mentioned by Mrs. Fanucci are

 

           22              certainly not guaranteed to Scranton

 

           23              residents unless, of course, Mrs. Fanucci is

 

           24              suggesting illegal discriminatory actions.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: Oh, now you are getting


 

 

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            1              paranoid again.  Now, come on.  Of course, I

 

            2              wouldn't.  We know that everyone can move

 

            3              here.  Everyone can work here.  Now, come

 

            4              on.  Start again.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS: And similarly, although,

 

            6              I wouldn't have anticipated the

 

            7              interruption, similarly, anyone in Scranton

 

            8              is able to seek employment in neighboring

 

            9              communities as well.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           21              item 7-D legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           22                      MS. GARVEY: 7-E.  FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           23              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           24              RESOLUTION NO. 132, 2009 - AUTHORIZING THE

 

           25              MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS


 

 

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            1              TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO AN ASSIGNMENT

 

            2              AGREEMENT AUTHORIZING THE ASSIGNMENT OF ALL

 

            3              RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES UNDER THE PRIVATE

 

            4              POLICE CRUISER LEASE OF OFFICER RICHARD

 

            5              IANNUZZO TO OFFICER ROBERT HEGEDUS.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  As Chair for the

 

            7              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

            8              passage of Item 7-E.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           11              call, please?

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           22              Item 7-E legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           23                      MS. GARVEY: 7-F. FOR CONSIDERATION -

 

           24              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           25              RESOLUTION NO. 133, 2009 - RE-APPOINTMENT OF


 

 

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            1              MICHAEL C. SALERNO, 1200 BRYN MAWR STREET,

 

            2              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, 18504, AS A MEMBER

 

            3              OF THE SCRANTON PARKING AUTHORITY FOR A TERM

 

            4              OF FIVE (5) YEARS.  MR. SALERNO'S CURRENT

 

            5              TERM EXPIRED ON JUNE 1, 2009 AND HIS NEW

 

            6              TERM WILL EXPIRE ON JUNE 1, 2014.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: As Chair for the

 

            8              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

            9              passage of Item 7-F.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           12              call, please?

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           14                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           21                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           23              Item 7-F legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           24                      MS. GARVEY: 7-G. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           25              BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - FOR


 

 

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            1              ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 134, 2009 -

 

            2              AUTHORIZING REVISION OF THE EXISTING TRAFFIC

 

            3              SIGNAL ALONG 7TH AVENUE/PROVIDENCE ROAD (SR

 

            4              3029) AT THE INTERSECTION WITH MUNCHAK WAY

 

            5              AND OLIVE STREET TO INCLUDE A NEW DRIVEWAY

 

            6              APPROACH FOR THE SCRANTON RECREATIONAL

 

            7              COMPLEX WHICH IS PRESENTLY REFERRED TO AS

 

            8              THE ICE BOX COMPLEX.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           10              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           11              Committee on Public Safety?

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT: As Chairperson for

 

           13              the Committee on Public Safety, I recommend

 

           14              final passage of Item 7-G.

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: Because of the failure

 

           18              this legislation to past several months ago,

 

           19              the school district finally was able to

 

           20              discuss the project with the owner and city

 

           21              representatives and gain much needed safety

 

           22              improvements to the streets surrounding

 

           23              Scranton High School.  In fact, prior to my

 

           24              objections against this legislation, the

 

           25              school district had never been notified by


 

 

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            1              Mr. Burke, owner of the Ice Box, about any

 

            2              changes he had applied for despite the very

 

            3              close proximity of the high school to his

 

            4              KOZ Ice Box property.  I have spoken with

 

            5              the superintendent of the school district

 

            6              who indicated his approval of the project at

 

            7              this time, thus, I am now satisfied that the

 

            8              safety our school children will be

 

            9              protected.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           21              Item 7-G legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           22                      MS. GARVEY: 7-H.  FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           23              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           24              RESOLUTION NO. 135, 2009 - A RESOLUTION

 

           25              EXTENDING THE TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED


 

 

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            1              INCOME TAX, NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND

 

            2              BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC

 

            3              GEOGRAPHIC AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2800

 

            4              BOULEVARD AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

            5              DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE,

 

            6              IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

            7              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND

 

            8              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

            9              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

           10              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

           11              OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           12              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           14              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           15              Committee on Finance?

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI: As Chairperson for the

 

           17              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

           18              passage of Item 7-H.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           21                      MS. EVANS:  The current skilled

 

           22              nursing and rehab center sits on KOEZ

 

           23              property.  This is a national -- or I should

 

           24              say a national corporation owns these

 

           25              properties and so it would stand to reason


 

 

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            1              that it will construct a personal care home

 

            2              or nursing home on it's land adjacent to

 

            3              it's skilled nursing facility with or

 

            4              without a KOZ extension.  At the same time,

 

            5              the skilled nursing facility will remain tax

 

            6              free through 2013.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI: Just for the record, I

 

            8              don't believe that it is owned by a national

 

            9              corporation.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI: It's a local firm.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  Mr. Kelly is the local

 

           12              owner of that facility.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: It's not KOEZ, it's KOZ

 

           14              just for clarification.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: Just to correct the

 

           16              record on that.  I stated from day one that

 

           17              I was very supportive of this project

 

           18              probably because I am a nurse and I know the

 

           19              necessity of nursing care for the elderly in

 

           20              our community and the need for assisted

 

           21              living, people that just need a little extra

 

           22              help they are not really ready for a nursing

 

           23              home yet, but they do into the help with

 

           24              their medication and some help with their

 

           25              meals and I don't see this project as going


 

 

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            1              away when the KOZ is over.

 

            2                      We are probably going to have to

 

            3              build more of these type facilities to

 

            4              assist the elderly especially now that us

 

            5              baby boomers are getting up there ourselves

 

            6              and we'll be needing assistance in the

 

            7              future, also.  So I stated from the

 

            8              beginning I was for Mr. Kelly's project, I

 

            9              had never met him before, but I'm very proud

 

           10              of you, Mr. Kelly, I'd like to tell you that

 

           11              and thank you for taking care of the elderly

 

           12              and their nursing care.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: As we know, however, it

 

           14              is a very lucrative business and the city

 

           15              does host numerous assisted living and

 

           16              personal care homes.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please?

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            3              Item 7-H legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            4                      MS. GARVEY: 7-I. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            5              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            6              RESOLUTION NO. 136, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

            7              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

            8              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

            9              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           10              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 510-512

 

           11              LACKAWANNA AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           12              WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO 500 LACKAWANNA AVENUE

 

           13              DEVELOPMENT COMPANY BY DEED DATED JUNE 30,

 

           14              2008, RECORDED IN THE LACKAWANNA COUNTY

 

           15              RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE AS INSTRUMENTAL

 

           16              NUMBER 200830707 AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER

 

           17              15643-010-001, DESIGNATED AS A

 

           18              KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO FOSTER

 

           19              ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

           20              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

           21              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

           22              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

           23              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

           24              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

           25              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            2              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

            3              Committee on Finance?.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: As Chair for the

 

            5              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

            6              passage of Item 7-I.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT: On the question, if

 

           10              I may, Mr. McGoff, this will probably be the

 

           11              only one -- people must be watching this

 

           12              meeting, they are calling me like crazy.

 

           13              This will probably the only one that on my

 

           14              part would be considered controversial

 

           15              because of my feelings back and forth with

 

           16              this project from day one.  This is one of

 

           17              the first big projects that I voted on when

 

           18              I came on council many years ago and I was

 

           19              all for it.  I think everybody that on

 

           20              council at the time was all for it.  As time

 

           21              went on, I was very upset with what had

 

           22              happened with Buono Pizza and what had

 

           23              happened with Coney Island and I think, I

 

           24              can't remember, it's been a lot of years I

 

           25              probably voted for legislation against this


 

 

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            1              project after that.

 

            2                      I'm going to be voting for this, and

 

            3              I'll tell you why, I look at the 500-block

 

            4              of Lackawanna Avenue and I see that there

 

            5              has been a lot of tax dollars put into that,

 

            6              that's true, both state and local, and I was

 

            7              undecided as of this morning.  I rode by on

 

            8              the way here to take a look at it again, and

 

            9              I think with all of the monies that we put

 

           10              in there it does look good, there is no

 

           11              two-ways about it, and all of the monies

 

           12              that we put in there, and when I say "we" I

 

           13              mean us the taxpayers, I feel that if we

 

           14              give KOZ to this 510-512 I believe it is

 

           15              that possibly we can get somebody in there

 

           16              quick and it can start, you know, occupation

 

           17              of that block.  My feeling was that if we

 

           18              didn't and then it sat there for awhile,

 

           19              somebody mentioned Southern Union.  I was

 

           20              upset when Southern Union built that and

 

           21              didn't come here and then contrary to what

 

           22              some people I was very happy when Gerry

 

           23              Donahue bought it.  Did he get a good price

 

           24              for it?  Sure, he did.  That's business, but

 

           25              now there is people in there, so I'm voting


 

 

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            1              yes because I'm hoping that somebody will

 

            2              rent this facility or this building right

 

            3              here and we will start the occupation of all

 

            4              those facilities there.  I know there is

 

            5              some people that will be very upset with me

 

            6              for that, but I just feel that this is the

 

            7              right to do, so I'm going to be voting "yes"

 

            8              on this one.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?

 

           10                      MS. EVANS: Our tax dollars, as I

 

           11              earlier indicated, have constructed the

 

           12              $28 million 500 block of Lackawanna Avenue

 

           13              project.  The blocks, the facades, the

 

           14              sidewalks, the streetlights, etcetera.  I do

 

           15              believe that Mr. Rinaldi's family owns other

 

           16              office buildings as well.  He appears to be

 

           17              in a position to pay his taxes and refrain

 

           18              from asking the taxpayers to pay his taxes

 

           19              after they have already gifted him with this

 

           20              tremendous new project.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: I would just like to add

 

           22              that in asking a question of Mr. Rinaldi

 

           23              yesterday that it should be noted that only

 

           24              one of the buildings in this project part is

 

           25              being granted at KOZ extension and that the


 

 

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            1              rest of the project they have been paying

 

            2              taxes and will continue to pay taxes on

 

            3              those properties and so this is only a small

 

            4              portion of the entire project.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: I would like to

 

            6              piggyback and say that these are gifts that

 

            7              are given from the state and the good thing

 

            8              is that these gifts will be here long after

 

            9              we are not.  To rehab and redo an entire

 

           10              block in the City of Scranton which was

 

           11              deplorable is nothing but a gift.  So, yes,

 

           12              we are thankful and I am thankful that every

 

           13              developer out there wants to spend their

 

           14              money and wants to give us these gifts in

 

           15              the City of Scranton.  That is all I have.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Roll call,

 

           17              please?

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI.  No.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            3              Item 7-I legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            4                      MS. GARVEY: 7-J. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            5              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            6              RESOLUTION NO. 137, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

            7              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

            8              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

            9              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           10              AREA OWNED BY DDRC REALTY COMPANY, LOCATED

 

           11              AT WEST MERIDIAN AND NORTH 9TH STREETS,

 

           12              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, MORE FULLY DESCRIBED

 

           13              IN DEED DATED JUNE 12, 2000, RECORDED IN

 

           14              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

           15              AT RECORD BOOK 265, PAGE 265 ET SEQ. AND

 

           16              ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER 14518-080-0034

 

           17              DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE,

 

           18              IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

           19              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND

 

           20              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

           21              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

           22              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

           23              OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           24              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the


 

 

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            1              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

            2              Committee on Finance?

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for the

 

            4              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

            5              passage of Item 7-J.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: Although the Scartelli

 

            9              family has owned this KOZ property for

 

           10              numerous years, they have failed to do

 

           11              anything productive with it.  Suddenly they

 

           12              intend to build a strip mall now that a KOZ

 

           13              extension is available.  The time to build

 

           14              was during the last ten years.  Further, the

 

           15              Scartelli family enjoys numerous lucrative

 

           16              contracts with the City of Scranton and

 

           17              should be a good neighbor to a financially

 

           18              distressed city by paying it's taxes at the

 

           19              conclusion of it's current KOZ.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Anyone else on 7-J?

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI: Yes, I would just like

 

           22              to make one comment that I pass their

 

           23              frequently on my way to work and I would

 

           24              like to see that area developed.  The rest

 

           25              of it is developed.  We have Kost Tires on


 

 

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            1              the corner, and a mall on the other side

 

            2              with the animal veterinarian.  I would like

 

            3              to say publically that I have accepted a

 

            4              donation in my campaign from one of the

 

            5              Scartellis in the amount of $80 and I would

 

            6              ask Attorney Minora to ask if that is a

 

            7              necessity to abstain from voting?

 

            8                      MR. MINORA:  I'm sorry, I didn't --

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI: I received a

 

           10              contribution from Mr. Scartelli of $80 for

 

           11              my campaign and I wanted to know if that

 

           12              would hinder me from voting on this KOZ?

 

           13                      MR. MINORA:  No, it does not.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI: Thank you.  Before I

 

           15              finish the rest, I would like to say that

 

           16              when I worked in OECD with Mike Washo, I

 

           17              would like to take credit for bringing the

 

           18              Scartellis into the City of Scranton.  I

 

           19              believe that the first job they had here was

 

           20              boarding up the windows of the old Hotel

 

           21              Casey.  For any of you that remember that,

 

           22              things were falling out of the windows and

 

           23              the structure was falling down.  It was full

 

           24              of pigeons and Mike and I bravely walked

 

           25              through it with hardhats on and saw all of


 

 

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            1              the debris that had fallen inside.  The

 

            2              ballroom where I had my senior prom was

 

            3              totally crushed and demolished into the

 

            4              floor below it, so I would like to take

 

            5              credit for that, Mr. Scartelli, for bringing

 

            6              you to the City of Scranton and the fine

 

            7              work that you and your family have done, and

 

            8              I'm proud that you are my friend.  Thank

 

            9              you.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Roll call,

 

           11              please?

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           22              Item 7-J legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           23                      MS. GARVEY: 7-K. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           24              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION-

 

           25              RESOLUTION NO. 138, 2009 - EXTENDING THE


 

 

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            1              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

            2              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

            3              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

            4              AREA CONSISTING OF THREE PARCELS OF LAND AND

 

            5              LOCATED AT ELECTRIC AND DELAWARE STREETS AND

 

            6              DICKSON AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

            7              WHICH WERE CONVEYED TO KC REALTY, L.P., BY

 

            8              DEED DATED FEBRUARY 13, 2002 AND RECORDED IN

 

            9              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

           10              AS DEED BOOK 0604 PAGE 5563 ET SEQ.,

 

           11              DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN

 

           12              ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

           13              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND

 

           14              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

           15              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

           16              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

           17              OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           18              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           20              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           21              Committee on Finance?

 

           22                      MS. GATELLI: As Chair for Finance, I

 

           23              recommend final passage of Item 7-K.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: Although relocating to an

 

            2              industrial park, Daron Northeast continues

 

            3              to receive truck traffic at the Dickson

 

            4              Avenue location and to use it's property as

 

            5              a holding or storage facility.  The office

 

            6              building complex it long ago constructed is

 

            7              also a KOZ yet has stood vacant since it was

 

            8              built.  I do not see a change in the vacancy

 

            9              rate until Daron Northeast clears out it's

 

           10              cinder block storage facility and petitions

 

           11              to change to business residential.  They

 

           12              don't need a KOZ extension.  They need to

 

           13              change their business practice and the

 

           14              zoning of their property in order to

 

           15              eliminate the arguable diminished quality of

 

           16              life in the neighborhood they have created.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else on the

 

           18              question.  I would just like to comment that

 

           19              I set two criteria for voting for these, I

 

           20              don't believe that this meets the criteria.

 

           21              As Mrs. Evans has said, these were built and

 

           22              occupied and unoccupied, they have had their

 

           23              opportunity to operate and I believe at this

 

           24              point in time should about back to the tax

 

           25              rolls when the KOZ is terminated.  Roll


 

 

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            1              call, please?

 

            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI.  No.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  7-K is defeated.

 

           12                      MS. GARVEY: 7-L. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           13              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           14              RESOLUTION NO. 139, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           15              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           16              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           17              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           18              AREA CONSISTING OF THREE TRACTS OF LAND AND

 

           19              LOCATED AT PROVIDENCE ROAD AND WEST OLIVE

 

           20              STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH WAS

 

           21              LEASED BY THE CITY OF SCRANTON TO BRT ICE,

 

           22              L.P., A MEMORANDUM OF WHICH WAS RECORDED ON

 

           23              AUGUST 14, 2006 IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY

 

           24              RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE AS INSTRUMENT

 

           25              NUMBER 200622930, DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE


 

 

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            1              OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC

 

            2              OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL,

 

            3              COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND

 

            4              PREVENT PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

            5              DETERIORATION WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED

 

            6              AREA OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH

 

            7              OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND

 

            8              CONDITIONS.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           10              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           11              Committee on Finance?

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: As Chair for the

 

           13              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

           14              passage of Item 7-L.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: Mr. Burke, the owner of

 

           18              the Ice Box, stated at yesterday's caucus

 

           19              that he had done everything the city asked

 

           20              him to do.  I think not.  The city continues

 

           21              to await the $600,000 owed by Mr. Burke for

 

           22              the property following the vacating and

 

           23              raising of the old DPW complex.  Further,

 

           24              Mr. Burke states that his Ice Box has made

 

           25              you money.  Other than a one-time permit


 

 

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            1              fee, I don't know who "you" could possibly

 

            2              be.  I suggest that the Ice Box and it's

 

            3              current KOZ status has, in fact, made money

 

            4              for Mr. Burke.  When questioned about his

 

            5              perspective new businesses he refused to

 

            6              name them.  To his credit, he is concerned

 

            7              about afterschool jobs for high school

 

            8              students, but the greater issue I believe is

 

            9              family sustaining jobs.

 

           10                      Also, he has stated that he will

 

           11              build on his Ice Box property with or

 

           12              without a KOZ.  I suggest he does without.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: I would like to --

 

           14              people may not like Mr. Burke, it's

 

           15              difficult at times to like Mr. Burke, but I

 

           16              will say that the projects that he has taken

 

           17              on have been successful.  The Ice Box is a

 

           18              far cry from what was there before.  There

 

           19              are I believe he stated 15 businesses

 

           20              located within the property it has been

 

           21              developed.  I'm not sure of the number of

 

           22              jobs that that has created and whether you

 

           23              know what types of jobs they are, but it is

 

           24              new, it's provided what it's supposed to, he

 

           25              has done what he has said he would do with


 

 

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            1              the property and I believe, you know, he has

 

            2              plans for the rest of the property and I

 

            3              would like to see that property developed

 

            4              even further, and I believe it's a worthy

 

            5              project and it certainly meets the criteria

 

            6              that I established for voting "yes" on the

 

            7              extension.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: I think it's imperative

 

            9              that we remember what was there before and

 

           10              we did compete for his business and that is

 

           11              what happens on a daily basis in this city.

 

           12              If you don't city sit down in these

 

           13              negotiations and understand what takes

 

           14              place, and a lot of time you don't depending

 

           15              on what your career choice is, you have to

 

           16              realize that this is what happens.  We

 

           17              wanted him here.  He could have been

 

           18              anywhere else.  This is it exactly what is

 

           19              meant to be from these projects.

 

           20                      Mr. Burke definitely has gotten a

 

           21              bad wrap here at council because when you

 

           22              check into the fact that he does not owe us

 

           23              the money yet.  When he does, he will.  I

 

           24              had checked into that and actually I believe

 

           25              there are speakers who actually owe him an


 

 

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            1              apology.  It seems that without information

 

            2              and being able to keep yourself in a one-way

 

            3              thinking that you do not let your mind go to

 

            4              where these people can get.  Developers are

 

            5              not like us.  For some reason they are not

 

            6              supposed to do their job.  We want people to

 

            7              create businesses, but they are not allowed

 

            8              to do their job.  He has done his job and he

 

            9              has done it very well and I am proud to say

 

           10              that my daughter can go down there and have

 

           11              something that she did not have before this

 

           12              was available.  She can hang out there and

 

           13              go to the Ice Box and have a great time

 

           14              right in her own neighborhood.  This is what

 

           15              it's supposed to do.  He has done his job

 

           16              and I am proud to say that we need to keep

 

           17              these jobs going.

 

           18                      I have never been in a forum where

 

           19              everyone who creates a business or actually

 

           20              has ideas is actually bad and gets a bad

 

           21              rap.  You are not supposed to be a

 

           22              developer.  I guess you are not supposed to

 

           23              make money.  I guess teachers aren't

 

           24              supposed to make money or hair dressers

 

           25              aren't supposed to make money.  If you are


 

 

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            1              good at what you do we want you here and I

 

            2              want the money to stay in the City of

 

            3              Scranton, and that is all.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS: I just wanted to add that

 

            5              KOZ's are not an issue of liking or not

 

            6              liking someone.  Personalities have no place

 

            7              in the decision making process.  Finances

 

            8              are the bottom line, and as has noted

 

            9              earlier, the business privilege taxes in the

 

           10              City of Scranton are suffering.  They are

 

           11              declining.  Now, for example, some of the

 

           12              businesses that are located at the Ice Box

 

           13              are closely situated near competitive

 

           14              businesses.  These are competitive tax

 

           15              paying businesses and all of the businessmen

 

           16              in the audience today realize that your

 

           17              business taxes are based on your gross

 

           18              receipts.  Now, a business that has been

 

           19              paying it's taxes to the City of Scranton

 

           20              prior to the arrival of a KOZ competitor,

 

           21              let's say would have been paying the city

 

           22              $10,000 annually.  After the location of the

 

           23              KOZ competitor which, of course, does not

 

           24              pay any taxes, their business suffered.

 

           25              Why?  They were undercut pricewise.  Hence,


 

 

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            1              they now pay the city $5,000 in business

 

            2              taxes rather than the $10,000 prior to the

 

            3              arrival of the KOZ competitor and so, in

 

            4              fact, the city has lost twice.  The business

 

            5              owner, the tax paying business owner has

 

            6              seen a revenue decline, a profit decline for

 

            7              himself and, of course, the KOZ is giving

 

            8              nothing back to the tax base of the city.

 

            9                      Now, in the event that we ever see

 

           10              the conclusion of a KOZ and KOEZ program

 

           11              then I think we can certainly way the

 

           12              advantages versus the negatives of this

 

           13              program, but as we all sit here today there

 

           14              is not one project in the City of Scranton

 

           15              which has yet paid taxes and we can't even

 

           16              wait to see if we reap those benefits before

 

           17              we are reaching out once again, thanks to

 

           18              Governor Rendell, a governor who also

 

           19              provided our state taxes to put up these

 

           20              wonderful projects, we are going to now say

 

           21              have a second free ride on the taxpayers.

 

           22                      They are beautiful buildings and it

 

           23              enhances our city, but you can't get blood

 

           24              from a stone.  Each and every one of you is

 

           25              making money here and you are asking people


 

 

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            1              who earn, let us say on the average 34 or

 

            2              $35,000 per year to pay your way, and that's

 

            3              immoral.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: I want to say that in a

 

            5              sense I do agree with Mrs. Evans.  I would

 

            6              believe that if the state representatives

 

            7              that we have elected would tell the governor

 

            8              not to approve these then that would be fine

 

            9              with me, but I also fear that the rest of

 

           10              the states, the other 40 states that have

 

           11              tax incentives, would also have to go along

 

           12              with that because then it's unfair to

 

           13              Pennsylvania.  Why should Pennsylvania

 

           14              struggle and the other states would get the

 

           15              businesses?  So I think it probably has to

 

           16              be corrected from the federal government on

 

           17              down because we are all paying for

 

           18              everything, that is an absolutely true, but

 

           19              until that happens I believe that I'm going

 

           20              to take for my town what I can get for it.

 

           21              I don't want it to go somewhere else.

 

           22                      I don't care for Bob Burke's

 

           23              personality either.  Sorry, Bob.  He is kind

 

           24              of an abrasive guy and, you know, that's the

 

           25              way it is, that's his personality, but I do


 

 

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            1              believe that there is more property to

 

            2              develop down there and I'd like to see it

 

            3              developed and I believe the KOZ is for

 

            4              business not residential, so I will be

 

            5              voting in favor of the Ice Box.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please?

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            8                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           17              Item 7-L legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           18                      MS. GARVEY: 7-M. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           19              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE FOR ADOPTION

 

           20              RESOLUTION NO. 140, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           21              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           22              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           23              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           24              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS A PORTION OF

 

           25              BAKER COLLIERY, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,


 

 

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            1              WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO CSY, INC. BY DEED

 

            2              DATED FEBRUARY 25, 1998 AND RECORDED IN

 

            3              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

            4              AS DEED BOOK 1617, PAGE 483 ET SEQ., AND

 

            5              ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER 15618-020-001,

 

            6              DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY

 

            7              EXPANSION ZONE, IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC

 

            8              OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL,

 

            9              COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND

 

           10              PREVENT PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

           11              DETERIORATION WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED

 

           12              AREA OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH

 

           13              OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND

 

           14              CONDITIONS.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           16              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           17              Committee on Finance?

 

           18                      MS. GATELLI: As the Chair on

 

           19              Finance, I recommend final passage of Item

 

           20              7-M.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: This property appears to

 

           24              be the property at question perhaps earlier

 

           25              in 2009 as the proposed site of an Ethanol


 

 

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            1              plant in Scranton and Taylor.  80 percent of

 

            2              the land is located in Scranton and

 

            3              20 percent in Taylor according to the backup

 

            4              information and is bordered by railroad

 

            5              tracks.  I do recall significant opposition

 

            6              by Scranton and Taylor residents to this

 

            7              energy project.  I will not make it even

 

            8              more attractive for such a project which

 

            9              raised the objections of city residents by

 

           10              granting a KOZ.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  I also agree with

 

           12              that, although, I don't know if we should be

 

           13              saying that we are voting for it for that

 

           14              reason, I'm not too sure about that, but

 

           15              I'll be voting "no," also.

 

           16                      MS. EVANS: It remains undeveloped

 

           17              and has been so for the entire duration.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: I'm sorry, I didn't -- I

 

           19              wasn't interrupting was I?

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI: No, we are done.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: Yesterday when we met

 

           22              the representative, a gentleman spoke on

 

           23              actually the next six projects for

 

           24              consideration and at that time when asked if

 

           25              there were any plans to develop any of that


 

 

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            1              property he said very simply "no."

 

            2                      And, therefore, with no plan to

 

            3              develop and no benefit to the community it

 

            4              doesn't meet any of the criteria that I had

 

            5              established, so I'd like to just preempt a

 

            6              little bit and say that I will be voting

 

            7              "no" on the next six applications.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Mr. McGoff, I agree

 

            9              with you.  I don't know if the Chair on

 

           10              Finance when she introduced them wanted to

 

           11              say she doesn't recommend final passage and

 

           12              then we won't have to go through all of them

 

           13              and unless --

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: We won't have to go

 

           15              through the --

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Unless there is

 

           17              people here that are interested.

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI:  I certainly don't

 

           19              support any of them either.  No.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: They have to be read.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yeah, they could be

 

           22              read.

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI: It's the same thing if

 

           24              you read them or you don't.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: She doesn't have to


 

 

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            1              read it.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI: Anybody else on the

 

            4              question?

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: We have to finish this

 

            6              one.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI: Anyone else on the

 

            8              question?

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else on 7-M?

 

           10              Roll call, please?

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  No. 7-M is defeated.

 

           21                      MS. GARVEY: Shall I go ahead and

 

           22              read each one?

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yeah, you have to

 

           24              read them.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: They must be read.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI: Sorry, Kay.

 

            2                      MS. GARVEY: Okay.  7-N.  FOR

 

            3              CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE -

 

            4              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 141, 2009 -

 

            5              EXTENDING THE TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED

 

            6              INCOME TAX, NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND

 

            7              BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC

 

            8              GEOGRAPHIC AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS A

 

            9              PORTION OF BAKER COLLIERY, SCRANTON,

 

           10              PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO CSY,

 

           11              INC. BY DEED DATED FEBRUARY 23, 1998 AND

 

           12              RECORDED IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF

 

           13              DEEDS OFFICE AS DEED BOOK 1617, PAGE 494 ET

 

           14              SEQ., AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER

 

           15              15614-040-001, DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE

 

           16              OPPORTUNITY EXPANSION ZONE, IN ORDER TO

 

           17              FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

           18              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

           19              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

           20              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

           21              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

           22              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

           23              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           25              recommendation of the Chair for the


 

 

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            1              Committee on Finance?

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI: As Chair for the

 

            3              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

            4              passage of Item 7-N.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            7              call, please?

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            9                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  No. 7-N is defeated.

 

           18                      MS. GARVEY: 7-O. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           19              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           20              RESOLUTION NO. 142, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           21              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           22              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           23              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           24              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 820 SOUTH

 

           25              WASHINGTON AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,


 

 

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            1              WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO D&L REALTY BY DEED

 

            2              DATED JULY 3, 1997 AND RECORDED IN

 

            3              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

            4              AS DEED BOOK 1593, PAGE 98 ET SEQ., AND

 

            5              ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER 15657-020-003,

 

            6              DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY

 

            7              EXPANSION ZONE, IN ORDER TO FOSTER

 

            8              ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

            9              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

           10              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

           11              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

           12              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

           13              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

           14              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           16              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           17              Committee on Finance?

 

           18                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for the

 

           19              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

           20              passage of Item 7-O.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: On this property stands a

 

           24              building occupied by a tenant with a lease

 

           25              purchase agreement.  If the KOZ is extended


 

 

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            1              the tenant may purchase the building.  The

 

            2              property should return to the tax rolls at

 

            3              the conclusion of it's current KOZ.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            8                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF:  No. Item 7-O is

 

           15              defeated.

 

           16                      MS. GARVEY: 7-P.  FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           17              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE -  FOR ADOPTION

 

           18              -  RESOLUTION NO. 143, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           19              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           20              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           21              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           22              AREA LOCATED ON MICA & SILEX AND MINERAL

 

           23              AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH

 

           24              PROPERTY WAS CONVEYED TO D & L REALTY ON

 

           25              APRIL 28, 1997 BY DEED BOOK 1593 AT PAGE 480


 

 

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            1              ACCORDING TO THE LACKAWANNA COUNTY

 

            2              ASSESSOR'S OFFICE, AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP

 

            3              NUMBER 14516-030- 002, DESIGNATED AS A

 

            4              KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY EXPANSION ZONE, IN

 

            5              ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

            6              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND

 

            7              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

            8              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

            9              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

           10              OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           11              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           13              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           14              Committee on Finance?

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for Finance,

 

           16              I recommend final passage of Item 7-P.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           19              call, please?

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  Item 7-P is

 

            5              defeated.

 

            6                      MS. GARVEY: 7-Q. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            7              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            8              RESOLUTION NO. 144, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

            9              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           10              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           11              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           12              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS A PORTION OF DL

 

           13              & W & D-MINERAL AVENUE, SCRANTON,

 

           14              PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO D & L

 

           15              REALTY ON APRIL 28, 1997 AS DEED BOOK 1593

 

           16              AT PAGE 480 ACCORDING TO THE LACKAWANNA

 

           17              COUNTY ASSESSOR'S OFFICE, AND ASSIGNED TAX

 

           18              MAP NUMBER 14516-030-047, DESIGNATED AS A

 

           19              KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY EXPANSION ZONE, IN

 

           20              ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

           21              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND

 

           22              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

           23              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

           24              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

           25              OF SCRANTON,COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,


 

 

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            1              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            3              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

            4              Committee on Finance?

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chair for the

 

            6              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

            7              passage of Item 7-Q.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           10              call, please?

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  Item 7-Q is

 

           21              defeated.

 

           22                      MS. GARVEY: 7-R. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           23              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           24              RESOLUTION NO. 145, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           25              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,


 

 

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            1              NET PROFITS MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

            2              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

            3              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS A PORTION OF N W

 

            4              SIDE BLVD AVE MARVINE BRIDGE, SCRANTON,

 

            5              PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH WAS ACQUIRED BY LOUIS

 

            6              AND DOMINICK DENAPLES ON AUGUST 19, 1987 AS

 

            7              MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ACCORDING TO THE

 

            8              LACKAWANNA COUNTY ASSESSOR'S OFFICE AS DEED

 

            9              BOOK 606 AT PAGE 389, AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP

 

           10              NUMBER 12403-040-008, DESIGNATED AS A

 

           11              KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY EXPANSION ZONE, IN

 

           12              ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

           13              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND

 

           14              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

           15              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

           16              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

           17              OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           18              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           20              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           21              Committee on Finance?

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chair for Finance, I

 

           23              recommend final passage of Item 7-R.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll


 

 

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            1              call, please?

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: I think maybe the only

 

            3              minor difference here is that particular

 

            4              property is KOEZ so that it will receive --

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: Two more years.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: Well, actually, I thought

 

            7              it's extend out to 2013 for KOEZ's, KOZ to

 

            8              2020, so, yes, they are additional time

 

            9              remaining.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  Item 7-R is

 

           21              defeated.  Prior to 7-S I move that we

 

           22              remove Exhibit C from the legislation and

 

           23              substitute the new Exhibit C containing

 

           24              complete meets and bounds as per the letter

 

           25              of Attorney Mary Theresa Patterson dated


 

 

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            1              June 19, 2009.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Second.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?  All

 

            4              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           10              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           11                      MS. GARVEY: 7-S. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           12              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           13              RESOLUTION NO. 146, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           14              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           15              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           16              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           17              AREA OWNED BY LACKAWANNA ENERGY, LTD.,

 

           18              LOCATED AT NASSAU AND BROWN STREET AND THE

 

           19              TRIPP TRACT, SCRANTON,PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH IS

 

           20              A PORTION OF THE PROPERTY CONVEYED TO

 

           21              LACKAWANNA ENERGY, LTD. BY

 

           22              DEED DATED MARCH 8, 1979, RECORDED IN

 

           23              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

           24              AT DEED BOOK 969, PAGE 766 ET SEQ.,

 

           25              CONSISTING OF NASSAU BROWN TRACT A ,


 

 

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            1              ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER 13410-010- 01801;

 

            2              TRIPP TRACT, ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER

 

            3              13414-020-002; AND NASSAU BROWN TRACT B,

 

            4              ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER 13414- 020-003,

 

            5              DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE,

 

            6              IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

            7              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND

 

            8              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

            9              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

           10              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

           11              OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           12              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           14              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           15              Committee on Finance?

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI: As Chair for the

 

           17              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

           18              passage of Item 7-S.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           21                      MS. EVANS: The Village at Tripp Park

 

           22              is riddled with serious problems which were

 

           23              never addressed by a previous developer.

 

           24              Streets were never ordained as a result and

 

           25              storm water runoff problems have been


 

 

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            1              severe.  If this tract of land could be

 

            2              further developed it should have occurred by

 

            3              now.  Evidently, problems have prevented

 

            4              development.  It's a poor risk which may

 

            5              well cause additional problems for

 

            6              homeowners of that area.  No extensions for

 

            7              any of the Village of Tripp Park residential

 

            8              applicants in my opinion.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: I would like to comment

 

           10              that I know that it's been expressed here

 

           11              that that there is little sympathy for

 

           12              extensions of residential KOZ's, and I

 

           13              believe that, also.  With that in mind, I

 

           14              will say that I will probably vote "no"

 

           15              against all of the corporate-owned

 

           16              properties, however, I do have sympathy for

 

           17              the -- and believe that the two privately

 

           18              owned are an exception to the rule.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI:  Me, too.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: And I would certainly be

 

           21              in favor of those two as we move forward.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: And I will say the

 

           23              same, as far as the corporations are

 

           24              concerned I certainly will be voting "no" on

 

           25              all of those, but my heart does go out to


 

 

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            1              these young couples who I actually believed

 

            2              were almost scammed by the system and I'd

 

            3              like to see them be able to have the same

 

            4              opportunity that was given to everyone else

 

            5              in those developments, but as for everyone

 

            6              else, I will be voting "no" on this, also.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            9                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  Item 7-S is

 

           18              defeated.

 

           19                      MS. GARVEY: 7-T. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           20              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           21              RESOLUTION NO. 147, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           22              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           23              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           24              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           25              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS LOT 103 OF "THE


 

 

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            1              VILLAGE AT TRIPP PARK", WHICH WAS CONVEYED

 

            2              TO HANOVER HOMES NORTH CORPORATION BY DEED

 

            3              DATED DECEMBER 14, 2005, RECORDED IN THE

 

            4              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

            5              AS INSTRUMENT NUMBER 200536830 AND ASSIGNED

 

            6              TAX MAP NUMBER 13415-040-001 103, DESIGNATED

 

            7              AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO

 

            8              FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

            9              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

           10              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

           11              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

           12              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

           13              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

           14              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           16              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           17              Committee on Finance?

 

           18                      MS. GATELLI:  As the Chair for

 

           19              Finance, I recommend final passage of Item

 

           20              7-T.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           23              call, please?

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS:  No.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  Item 7-T is

 

            9              defeated.

 

           10                      MS. GARVEY: 7-U. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           11              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           12              RESOLUTION NO. 148, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           13              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           14              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           15              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           16              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS LOT 105 OF "THE

 

           17              VILLAGE AT TRIPP PARK", WHICH WAS CONVEYED

 

           18              TO HANOVER HOMES NORTH CORPORATION BY DEED

 

           19              DATED DECEMBER 14, 2005, RECORDED IN THE

 

           20              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

           21              AS INSTRUMENT NUMBER 200536831 AND

 

           22              ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER 13415-040-001 105,

 

           23              DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN

 

           24              ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES,

 

           25              STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND


 

 

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            1              RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT

 

            2              PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION

 

            3              WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY

 

            4              OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

 

            5              UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            7              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

            8              Committee on Finance?

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair, I recommend

 

           10              final passage of Item 7-U.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           13              call, please?

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  7-U is defeated.

 

           24                      MS. GARVEY: 7-V. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           25              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -


 

 

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            1              RESOLUTION NO. 149, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

            2              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

            3              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

            4              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

            5              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 101 GIRARD

 

            6              AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, ALSO KNOWN

 

            7              AS LOT 107 OF "THE VILLAGE OF TRIPP PARK",

 

            8              WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO ROGER LEONARD BY DEED

 

            9              DATED SEPTEMBER 8, 2008 AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP

 

           10              NUMBER 13415-040-01107, DESIGNATED AS A

 

           11              KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE, IN ORDER TO

 

           12              FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

           13              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

           14              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

           15              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

           16              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

           17              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

           18              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           20              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           21              Committee on Finance?

 

           22                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for Finance,

 

           23              I recommend final passage of Item 7-V.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  I


 

 

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            1              would like to say as I indicated before that

 

            2              I believe that this is a different

 

            3              situation.  Mr. Leonard appeared before us

 

            4              twice, had bought the property under the

 

            5              belief that he could build upon it, was

 

            6              prevented from doing so by a restriction and

 

            7              from the Courts and I believe that the loss

 

            8              that may be incurred to the city by this

 

            9              extension would be negligible, and

 

           10              therefore, I am going to vote in favor.

 

           11              Anyone else?  Roll call, please?

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           22              Item 7-V legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           23                      MS. GARVEY: 7-W.

 

           24              FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON

 

           25              FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 150,


 

 

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            1              2009 - EXTENDING THE TERM OF REAL PROPERTY,

 

            2              EARNED INCOME TAX, NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE

 

            3              TAX, AND BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A

 

            4              SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN

 

            5              AS LOT 112 OF "THE VILLAGE AT TRIPP PARK",

 

            6              WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO HANOVER HOMES NORTH

 

            7              CORPORATION BY DEED DATED DECEMBER 14, 2005,

 

            8              RECORDED IN THE LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER

 

            9              OF DEEDS OFFICE AS INSTRUMENT NUMBER

 

           10              200536832 AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER

 

           11              13415-040-001 112, DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE

 

           12              OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC

 

           13              OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL,

 

           14              COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND

 

           15              PREVENT PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

           16              DETERIORATION WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED

 

           17              AREA OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH

 

           18              OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND

 

           19              CONDITIONS.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           21              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           22              Committee on Finance?

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI: As Chair for Finance, I

 

           24              recommend final passage of Item 7-W.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            2              call, please?

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  Item 7-W is

 

           13              defeated.

 

           14                      MS. GARVEY: 7-X.  FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           15              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           16              RESOLUTION NO. 151, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

           17              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

           18              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

           19              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           20              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS LOT 114 OF "THE

 

           21              VILLAGE AT TRIPP PARK", WHICH WAS CONVEYED

 

           22              TO HANOVER HOMES NORTH CORPORATION BY DEED

 

           23              DATED DECEMBER 14, 2005, RECORDED IN THE

 

           24              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

           25              AS INSTRUMENT NUMBER 200536834 AND ASSIGNED


 

 

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            1              TAX MAP NUMBER 13415-040-001 114, DESIGNATED

 

            2              AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO

 

            3              FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

            4              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

            5              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

            6              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

            7              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

            8              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

            9              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           11              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           12              Committee on Finance?

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for Finance,

 

           14              I recommend final passage of Item 7-X.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           17              call, please?

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  Item 7-X is

 

            3              defeated.

 

            4                      MS. GARVEY: 7-Y. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            5              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            6              RESOLUTION NO. 152, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

            7              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

            8              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

            9              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

           10              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 1508 EUCLID

 

           11              AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, 18504

 

           12              ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 120 OF "THE VILLAGE OF

 

           13              TRIPP PARK", WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO BRIAN

 

           14              KIZER AND KRIS KIZER, HIS WIFE, BY DEED

 

           15              DATED JUNE 4, 2009 AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP

 

           16              NUMBER 13415-040- 001.120, DESIGNATED AS A

 

           17              KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE, IN ORDER TO

 

           18              FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

           19              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

           20              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

           21              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

           22              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

           23              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

           24              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the


 

 

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            1              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

            2              Committee on Finance?

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chair for Finance, I

 

            4              recommend final passage of Item 7-Y.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

            7                      MS. EVANS:  I have already voted

 

            8              "no" to Mr. Leonard, a very nice young man

 

            9              who has painted himself into a corner in

 

           10              more ways than one by purchasing property

 

           11              and building a home in the Village of Tripp

 

           12              Park.  Now, perhaps I should say "yes" to

 

           13              the Kizers, but would that be fair to

 

           14              Mr. Leonard?  Would he feel angry, would he

 

           15              feel badly that I would give a KOZ to his

 

           16              neighbor and not to him?  That is precisely

 

           17              how most of the taxpaying homeowners of the

 

           18              Scranton feel about what both of you are

 

           19              doing.  They have paid their taxes for as

 

           20              long as they have lived in Scranton, 20, 40,

 

           21              50 years and they never once got a break on

 

           22              their taxes and, yes, this is how I put

 

           23              people first by looking out for the greatest

 

           24              number of taxpayers who have expressed their

 

           25              opposition to these KOZ's, and even with the


 

 

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            1              KOZ -- or I should, I'm sorry, without the

 

            2              KOZ extension, you will receive two years of

 

            3              tax free status from the city for having

 

            4              built your home here.  Many municipalities

 

            5              have no such programs and two years should

 

            6              give you a tremendous financial head start.

 

            7              You're well ahead of most tax paying

 

            8              homeowners and those of us who purchased our

 

            9              homes in Scranton never even received that

 

           10              two-year tax break.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: I'm going to -- I'm

 

           12              going to say that this land was not chosen

 

           13              by the developer to be KOZ.  It was given to

 

           14              him.  It was also changed from industrial to

 

           15              being residential.  This was not his choice.

 

           16              The landowner's choice was not given, so in

 

           17              that light he had to do -- if you want to

 

           18              develop the land that he owned he had to

 

           19              give it as residential KOZ because that's

 

           20              what was designated for him.  So it is

 

           21              wonderful that this opportunity was out

 

           22              there, but, yes, as landowners we all have

 

           23              to pay our share of taxes, but in years to

 

           24              come we are creating new tax base and that's

 

           25              what it's about.  It's about development and


 

 

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            1              new tax base, so that we don't sit here and

 

            2              say we have a deficit, we are doing

 

            3              something actually to create more money and

 

            4              more taxpayers in the city, and sometimes

 

            5              you need to be able to see what the future

 

            6              will bring to benefit the people of the

 

            7              city, and that's all I have.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please?

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           10                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           19              Item 7-Y legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           20                      MS. GARVEY: That was "Z."

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: I'm sorry.  No, that was

 

           22              "Y."

 

           23                      MS. GARVEY: That was "Y."

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI: Oh, all right.  I

 

           25              already turned the page over.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GARVEY: 7-Z. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            2              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            3              RESOLUTION NO. 153, 2009 - EXTENDING THE

 

            4              TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX,

 

            5              NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND BUSINESS

 

            6              PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC

 

            7              AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS LOT 121 OF "THE

 

            8              VILLAGE AT TRIPP PARK", WHICH WAS CONVEYED

 

            9              TO HANOVER HOMES NORTH CORPORATION BY DEED

 

           10              DATED DECEMBER 14, 2005, RECORDED IN THE

 

           11              LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE

 

           12              AS INSTRUMENT NUMBER 200536827 AND ASSIGNED

 

           13              TAX MAP NUMBER 13415-040-001 121, DESIGNATED

 

           14              AS A KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO

 

           15              FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE

 

           16              INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL

 

           17              IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND

 

           18              INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN THE

 

           19              ABOVE DESCRIBED AREA OF THE CITY OF

 

           20              SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON

 

           21              CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           23              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           24              Committee on Finance?

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI: As Chair for Finance, I


 

 

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            1              recommend final passage of Item 7-Z.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            4              call, please?

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            8                      MS. GATELLI:  No.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  I hereby declare

 

           15              Item 7-Z defeated.

 

           16                      MS. GARVEY: Item AA.  FOR

 

           17              CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE -

 

           18              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 154, 2009 -

 

           19              EXTENDING THE TERM OF REAL PROPERTY, EARNED

 

           20              INCOME TAX, NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE TAX, AND

 

           21              BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC

 

           22              GEOGRAPHIC AREA MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS LOT

 

           23              122 OF "THE VILLAGE AT TRIPP PARK", WHICH

 

           24              WAS CONVEYED TO HANOVER HOMES NORTH

 

           25              CORPORATION BY DEED DATED DECEMBER 14, 2005,


 

 

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            1              RECORDED IN THE LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER

 

            2              OF DEEDS OFFICE AS INSTRUMENT NUMBER

 

            3              200536828 AND ASSIGNED TAX MAP NUMBER

 

            4              13415-040-001 122, DESIGNATED AS A KEYSTONE

 

            5              OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC

 

            6              OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL,

 

            7              COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND

 

            8              PREVENT PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

            9              DETERIORATION WITHIN THE ABOVE DESCRIBED

 

           10              AREA OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON, COMMONWEALTH

 

           11              OF PENNSYLVANIA, UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND

 

           12              CONDITIONS.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

           14              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           15              Committee on Finance?

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for the

 

           17              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

           18              passage of Item 7-AA.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           21                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  Ladies and

 

           22              gentlemen, before we conclude today, this is

 

           23              the council majority that raised your taxes

 

           24              25 percent, and this is the council majority

 

           25              that passed a delinquent tax ordinance which


 

 

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            1              takes your home by sheriff's sale if you

 

            2              don't pay your taxes to the city and now

 

            3              they are trying to increase your taxes once

 

            4              again by abating for the wealthy and those

 

            5              who can afford to pay them.  Mrs. Fanucci,

 

            6              in fact, offered to help someone find a

 

            7              loophole at yesterday's caucus so that he

 

            8              would not have to pay taxes.  No taxes for

 

            9              these ten developers and their businesses

 

           10              just the rest of the city, and they had no

 

           11              problem increasing your taxes.

 

           12                      Without any evidence of the benefits

 

           13              of the original KOZ program they granted KOZ

 

           14              extensions today.  In my opinion, it's

 

           15              nothing short of immoral to tax the many

 

           16              middle class and poor to pay for the wealthy

 

           17              few who failed to develop their properties

 

           18              properly during the original ten-year KOZ

 

           19              and 13-year KOEZ.  This is not economic

 

           20              development, it's been corporate welfare at

 

           21              it's finest.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else on the

 

           23              question?  Roll call, please.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS:  No.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI.  No.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  No.  I hereby declare

 

            9              Item 7-AA defeated.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Motion to adjourn.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you for your

 

           12              patience and your participation.

 

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            3        I hereby certify that the proceedings and

 

            4   evidence are contained fully and accurately in the

 

            5   notes of testimony taken by me at the hearing of the

 

            6   above-captioned matter and that the foregoing is a true

 

            7   and correct transcript of the same to the best of my

 

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                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR

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