Feb 25, 2016
Arena Steals From Taxpayers, Reichley or Wrongly
The Allentown School District has filed a lawsuit against the Arena for not paying property taxes, yet containing retail businesses, which compete with taxpaying businesses. Defense counsel for the arena claims that this is permitted by the NIZ state law, as enacted in Harrisburg. Unfortunately, for the taxpayers, this case is being heard by Judge Douglas Reichley. Reichley said "The curious thing is that none of those entities are here. None of those [businesses] appear to be complaining." I find that statement very telling. While you wouldn't expect to see the few small pre-NIZ surviving business owners at such a court case, you might expect Reichley to make a relevant disclosure; Reichley didn't mention that previously he was a state representative, who passed the NIZ.
photo from the Chickie's & Pete's at the arena