Second-term challenges for Courtright
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.