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September 24, 2016
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Hawley nixes revitalization act

Joseph Faubel presented the one dissenting view, and it was compelling. “If we can’t see a vision for a future and we don’t see any possibility to raise the tax base in the borough, then there is no other possibility but to look into raising taxes for everybody. There are vacant lots, there are buildings that can be torn down and new ones put up. Any development would be significant,” he said.

Diana Bilard spoke about the challenges she and other seniors could face with higher taxes. She said, “I’m on a fixed income. I know people say you raise a little here and a little there, but there’s only so much you can raise. Should everybody be impacted?” she asked. She even questioned the veracity of whether Hawley has structures that are “derelict or abandoned”—two of the criteria of LERTA.

Council president Don Kyzer said that this issue has occupied the minds and times of the council for some time and, “Ultimately, what we’re trying to do is satisfy the community.”