State Rep Jerry Mullery (D) asked if Rick Arnold (R) can’t pay his property taxes, how can voters elect him to represent them in Harrisburg?
Arnold is behind on the taxes on 3 properties he owns totaling $16,579 according to the TL. They are not up for Sheriff's sale and he made a payment plan. He blames it on the bad economy and reassessment. I hear him on reassessment since my property taxes tripled on our home and rental properties. His home building business is down after the Republicans crashed the economy impacting his business and cash flow.
“Many of (Mullery’s) constituents are having the same problems,” he
said. “I’m a constituent too. Why isn’t he concerned about me? Instead
he attacks me.”
Mullery gave a condescending answer.
Mullery said Arnold has never contacted his office for help, noting
that he has answered many requests for assistance from constituents in
similar circumstances to Arnold, referring them to agencies that could help individuals reassess their spending habits or assist in mortgage refinancing.
Arnold has a radio spot airing on WILK that I haven't heard and is not available on his website, FB, etc.
He also had this LTE published a few days ago:
For too long, homeowners in Luzerne County and across Pennsylvania have been burdened with crushing property taxes.
Seniors on fixed incomes find themselves in the difficult position
of losing their homes because they can no longer afford their property .
Small business owners, who already are struggling in a weak economy,
find themselves struggling to pay their mortgages and bills, let alone
expand and grow.
Over the years, usually in an election year, politicians in
Harrisburg have promised relief. The passage of gambling in the
commonwealth was the last broken promise, when lawmakers failed to
dedicate 100 percent of the revenue generated toward real property tax relief.
As a small business owner who builds homes, I know how difficult it
is to afford high property taxes. Like many people, I struggle every
year to pay my property .
While my family and I always have managed to meet those obligations,
sometimes paying penalties, there are many people who unfortunately
continue to lose their homes.
We need someone in office who will side with our interests, not “special interests.”
That’s why I’m running for state representative in the 119th
District. I am a real blue-collar worker who understands and has
struggled the same way many residents in the district have. I promise to
do everything in my power to eliminate sky-rocketing property taxes and
finally give back control to local taxpayers.
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