The Fell Twp. Board of Supervisors recently became the latest local governing body to go on the record opposing Scranton's proposed 1% commuter tax.

The Fell Twp. Board of Supervisors recently became the latest local governing body to go on the record opposing Scranton's proposed 1% commuter tax.
During a meeting on Tuesday night, Sept. 4, board chairman Ron Cosklo said the township received a letter from Mayfield Mayor Al Chelik about the issue. Chelik has been contacting elected officials in local municipalities, boroughs and townships asking them to officially oppose the tax plan — since the residents who live in these communities and work in Scranton will be the ones being hit by the commuter tax if it is ultimately adopted.
Last month, Carbondale City Council voted to stand with Chelik against the proposed tax, and Cosklo said he felt the Board of Supervisors should do the same.
"You know me, I don't believe in any tax increases," he offered.
He stated that he also didn't like the fact that township residents have no say in the decision-making process regarding this particular tax.
Cosklo added that all of the money raised by the commuter tax would "just go toward the same bills they can't pay now" in Scranton.
Supervisors Ann Marie Torch and Joseph Trichilo agreed, with Torch arguing that the tax wouldn't help Fell Twp. in any way.
"It's only going to benefit Scranton," she noted.
A township resident asked, "Then why should we have to pay it?"
"Exactly," Torch replied.
The supervisors voted unanimously to oppose the tax.
In another matter at the meeting, Torch related that the township also received correspondence from PennDOT requesting that Homestead St. traffic be made one-way going "in" during construction on the Simpson Viaduct. Cosklo said work on the project is expected to be done next year.
The supervisors agreed to the request and unanimously adopted a motion approving the change.