The LuLac Edition #544, August 23rd, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: LUZERNE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MARYANNE PETRILLA AND STEVE URBAN, WARM RADIO'S BRIAN HUGHES AND OUR 33rd PRESIDENT, HARRY TRUMAN.
PROFILES IN COURAGE
"It doesn't matter how big a ranch ya' own, or how many cows ya' brand, the size of your funeral is still gonna depend on the weather." Harry Truman said that about 65 years ago and I kept on thinking about that quote as I watched the reassessment issue get ugly this week. What has riled the good people of the county is an overdue reassessment plan. The most vocal say that there are too many mistakes and that they are being treated unfairly. Don't argue their right to say it, just the way it was said. I know that every man's home is his castle, etc. but everyone in the village should pull their weight. Apparently, most people feel that way except a vocal mob in Harvey's Lake. In case you missed it, at the recent Commissioners meeting at LCCC, residents and taxpayers of Luzerne County were witness to a rarity: a Profile In Courage by both Commissioners Petrilla and Urban in letting the reassessment program reach its logical conclusion. Folks, we invested 8 million dollars in a company that has reasssesed more than half of the counties in the Keystone State. And once more, we as a public refuse to act like normal, rational human beings when it comes to the running of a government. Petrilla and Urban stood their ground in the face of insults, rude and ignorant behavior that would make the original founders of Harvey's Lake disavow knowledge of that community. Truthfully, I've seen better behavior on 15 cent beer night at Rich and Charlotte's On The Lake when I was in my 20s. Commissioners need to take the heat when there is a concern or problem. Both have done so with more than a touch of class. But the way both were insulted by a former member of Congress (who obviously learned nothing about decorum and debate when he was there) and the self proclaimed spokesperson (from whom I have not yet heard a reasonable sentance) was a disgrace. There are mistakes (less than 10% which is below average for the rest of the assessments made around this state by the company) but they are being addressed by the appeals process. I know. A 91 year old aunt from Duryea went to the hearing and gave proof of her property dimensions. It was taken care of. Quickly. So don't fall for the line that there are going to be senior citizens out of homes because they can't pay the lowest of all government taxes. That is pure crap! And I wonder how many senior citizens are populating the jet skis out at the Lake or how many of these Lake residents are taking care of mom and dad in their luxury waterfront homes? 10 administrations of County Commissioners never pulled the trigger on reassessment because they were afraid of being voted out of office. Skrep and Vonderheid cancelled it midway through their first term so that makes 11. Finally we have some action on this and a vocal minority that is making our area look like "crybabies" is making threats against the Commissioners who are actually doing the right thing. Commissioner Petrilla wasn't even in office when the contract was decided yet she has been heaped with the most negative taunts. That doesn't even make sense. Does the phrase "no good deed goes unpunished!" ring a bell here? The guy who was the catalyst of the Debit Card debacle now steps out of the shadows and yells like Tarzan that he's the true champion of the people. (Just keep him away from the those VISA cards!) The true advocates are Petrilla and Urban. And if you want to send a message to the loudmouths who are threatening political retribution, do something smart. Send a few bucks to the political action committees of Petrilla and Urban. The addresses are:
RADIO SHOW SUNDAY
Brian Hughes from one of my all time favorite radio stations, (even now) WARM writes to tell us about an important program regarding the Reassessment Debate. His show is called Sunday Magazine. The program will be completely dedicated to the property reassessment battle in Luzerne County, with interviews and highlights of both the rally on Monday at the Luzerne County Courthouse, and of course the Commissioners meeting Wednesday at LCCC. A pretty good balance of heat and light, featuring comments from the commissioners, Michelle Boice of Harveys Lake, an interview with Tim Barr of 21st Century Appraisers and testimony from homeowners at Wednesday's meeting. It airs on WARM at 9:30am, also on JR 93.7 at 5:30am. BHT and the X at 6am and Magic 93 at 6:30am. The show will be podcast Monday on the jr937.us and warm590.com websites as well.