County to Take Up Easton Commuter Tax Thursday
Northampton County Council is expected to vote on a resolution rejecting Easton's proposed commuter tax.
As proposed by the city, the 1.75 percent tax will be imposed on anyone who works in the city but lives somewhere else. The city has said it needs to use the income generated from the tax to pay for rising pension costs*.
The county's resolution argues that the tax is unfair to commuters "during the most difficult economic times in recent memory," and that it will drive companies away from Easton.
The county isn't the first government body to speak out against the tax. Forks Township expressed its displeasure with the proposal back in April.
*An earlier version of this story said the tax would pay "pension and legal costs," which is not the case.