Archives for January 24, 2013

Tom Creighton Doesn’t Give a Shit About Affordable Housing, Cont’d.

Lehigh County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund is safe for the moment. Meanwhile, Tom Creighton thinks the straightforward $11.50 recording fee that funds the program is a “hidden tax.” Where is it hiding?:

“I feel this fee is a tax,” he said. “I feel it’s a hidden tax on everyone who buys a property or registers a mortgage, and I just question why we’re trying to do affordable housing.”

These people are monsters.

Lehigh County Tea People Finally Agree to Fund Green Future Fund Grants


As Commissioner Brad Osborne reminded his colleagues, the original bill to approve the grants was introduced on Nov. 20 by a commissioners’ committee, with a unanimous recommendation for approval, but tabled on Dec. 12 and deferred on Dec. 19 and Jan. 9.

“Our behavior as a board has been disrespectful — if not disingenuous — to our community leaders and our community partners,” charged Osborne. “We’ve lost credibility in the eyes of the people we were elected to represent.”

The issue was hotly debated because the $1.06 million to fund the six projects is in the county’s 2013 budget, but fiscally conservative commissioners did not want to spend it.

Now the plan is to temporarily tap that county Green Future Fund money as the municipalities need it, but then replace it as more state money comes in from Marcellus shale fees.