Sec­ond-term chal­lenges for Cour­tright

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STORMWA­TER MAN­AGE­MENT: The sewer sys­tem sale com­pleted in De­cem­ber put the city on the hook for stormwa­ter man­age­ment. A con­sul­tant’s stormwa­ter man­age­ment anal­y­sis is pend­ing. COSTLY LAW­SUITS: The city faces po­ten­tially se­ri­ous fis­cal hur­dles from sep­a­rate, pend­ing law­suits, in­clud­ing one chal­leng­ing the city’s un­lim­ited tax­ing abil­ity and an­other ques­tion­ing the le­gal­ity of dis­burse­ments of sewer-sale pro­ceeds. A loss of one or more such law­suits could cost the city tens of mil­lions of dol­lars. RE­ASSESS­MENT FACE­OFF: The city could sue the Lack­awanna County com­mis­sion­ers to con­duct a coun­ty­wide prop­erty tax re­assess­ment. Vot­ers in the Nov. 7 gen­eral elec­tion over­whelm­ingly re­jected a null and void coun­ty­wide bal­lot ques­tion on a prop­erty tax re­assess­ment. Cour­tright re­cently sent a let­ter to the com­mis­sion­ers ask­ing them to con­duct a re­assess­ment, or the city may sue to force them to do so.

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