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.


  1. Some people take extraordinary joy in the micro application of principle, I suppose. 12 bucks?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      That’s all it is with these people. On every issue they’re trying to figure out “what would Glenn Beck say?” rather than actually thinking about how to address the problems.

  2. I’m conservative and this is a stupid fight to pick. Another example of the bozo factor with Ott and his merry idiots.

  3. Would that this would spur deeper discussion of the presence or lack of affordable housing (and its location, quality and quantity) in the Lehigh Valley

    • That’s a great question, I’m not sold at all we have an affordable housing problem for people already here.

      I made this point before, but I’ll repeat – it is not our responsibility to provide affordable housing to people who want to move here from NYC to escape the crushing cost of housing there. That is their problem, not ours.

      • Jon Geeting says:

        This year’s State of the Lehigh Valley report had an interesting section comparing LV rents with similar metros and found they are somewhat higher. I don’t think it’s useful to draw a distinction between current and future residents. Even if Bethlehem or Allentown sees an influx of new residents, there’s no good reason rents should go up and stay higher for very long. A more pro-growth land use policy mix could do a better job of translating higher land prices into more new construction.

        • Future residents are not stakeholders, their needs should be ignored, and only taken into account when their desires intersect our desires.

          There is also no requirement on our part to increased density or make it easier for those seeking to escape the crushing costs of living in NYC. They can always move somewhere else.

          • Jon Geeting says:

            Who says only stakeholder interests count? City politicians should focus on making their cities/towns a great place to live, full stop. The point of trying to make an area a great place to live is so that more people will want to come move there. Bethlehem and Easton and some other municipalities have succeeded at the first objective of making people want to come live. Now they need to manage the problems that come along with growth. It’s not like there are ever no problems. There are stagnation problems, shrinkage problems, growth problems, etc.

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