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Easton taxes point to more people finding work

Uptick surfaces in mid-year review of city finances

EASTON, Pa. - More people in Easton are apparently finding jobs this year compared to last year, city officials said Wednesday night.

The uptick is reflected in the city's earned income tax collections as of June, said Chris Heagele, the city's director of finance.

The city currently collects 1.75 percent on all earned income from city residents whether they work in the city or commute to work outside the city.

So far this year, earned income tax collections are running about $40,000 ahead of last year's collections.

City residents pay about $2.5 million in earned income taxes and commuters about $900,000, Heagele said.

The increase in taxes, Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said, shows people are going back to work."

In a six-month review of the city's finances, Heagele said real estate tax collections are lagging behind last year's by about $143,396  but not to the point where he is concerned.

Council member Jeffrey Warren said the city's budget appears to be on target.

"The city's finances look pretty healthy, obviously aside from the pension (issues)," Warren said.

Council also listened to a plea for help in filling vacancies on the city's Ethics Board from Terrance Miller.

The board has only two members, not the five members it needs.

Miller asked if the board could place advertisements looking for new members, but Panto said that responsibility rests with the city, not the board.

Panto said the ethics board is not the only one with vacancies. 

The mayor said the city has been regularly advertising those openings every few months.

The board probes alleged ethical violations of city workers or public officials.

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