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The Williamsport problem

October 13, 2013

Rental properties are not the problem. By far the highest concentration of tenant occupied properties are the properties surrounding Penn College....

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Oct-14-13 9:05 AM

Lets check at the tax office and see how many taxpayers are on the payment plan u would be very surprised Ted??

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Oct-14-13 9:04 AM

How can U get families with children &escalating bills and low wages // money problems to pay their rent on time,Then AND ONLY THEN COULD landlords pay their taxes on time!!! if u own 300 rentals and 20 are late OR are not paying AS TED DOES it is probably not hurting u as much as a mom and pop who only has 2 or 3 rentals/ losing one rent really hurts,Student housing is more guaranteed MONEY then monthly family add this small money problem to the mix?? nOW Say I dont screen my tenants? I do, they have jobs and money when they move in. Life happens! If landlords tell u they have 100% collection they are lying. I now have many rentals but i remember when I only had 5 and how losing one rent really hurt.

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Oct-13-13 1:58 PM

Good idea ted

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Oct-13-13 1:29 PM

"It is a known fact that slumlords and marginal landlords do not pay mercantile tax."--Mr. Lyon

If you want to spot the problem in a theory, look for the words, "It is a known fact". What this means is, "This is what I think, but have no evidence to back it up, so I'll say it's a known fact so that you have to believe it." Without this 'known fact', this plan doesn't work. Even if it were true, do you think that they would continue to evade these taxes if they knew that it would put them out of business? This plan assumes that people will not adapt to changing circumstances. No one adapts better and faster than criminals. The only plan that is needed is enforcement of existing laws, with existing resources. They just need to be used properly.

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Oct-13-13 9:09 AM

This seems to be on the right track.

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Oct-13-13 8:24 AM

Mr. Lyon,

Could it be that the mothers and fathers of the students attending Penn College pushed for some form of intervention to help ensure that their sons and daughters are staying in a safe, maintained place? Could it be that the residents that are located closest to the college are willing to pay more for convenience?

Is this a fair apples to apples comparison to the rest of the city of Williamsport?

Just an outsider looking in and asking the obvious.

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Oct-13-13 6:16 AM

Mr. Lyon, it seems to me that city administration would benefit greatly by inviting you to a Council meeting before the proposed landlord ordinance is signed. Hopefully they read your letter.

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