According to the Pocono Record, the newly elected Democrat majority commissioners will usher in the first tax increase since 2002. The proposed budget not only includes the 24% tax hike but also creates new government jobs in the county.
Democrat Commissioners Suzanne McCool and Theresa Merli voted in favor of raising taxes increasing the size of Monroe County’s government. Republican Donna Asure voted against it. Asure cited unstable economic times and a lack of real effort on the part of the majority to work out a solution as reasons for the increase.