Jul 20, 2016
Browne and Reilly Cheat Allentown Taxpayers
Yesterday, Matt Assad of the Morning Call revealed that local state senator Pat Browne essentially amended the state NIZ rules, in favor of his friend J.B. Reilly's current court case. It always seemed as if the NIZ was designed as a personal business plan for Reilly. However, Browne's latest revision makes no pretense of the relationship. Pat Browne has now taken Reilly's tax appeal defense, and codified it into law. The new NIZ rules restrict assessment of properties to an income basis only, ignoring construction cost. There is something extra judicial about this end run that should be challenged by the county.
The taxpayers of Allentown are in real ways subsidizing the Reilly Real Estate Empire. We are providing extra police downtown. We are paying $2 an hour to park. The old lady used to ask, Where's the beef? We ask, Where's the taxes?
I have been on Morning Call reporter Matt Assad's case, accusing him of writing articles promoting Reilly's real estate interests. I must acknowledge that it is his article that has made this latest Browne/Reilly shenanigan public.