During the entire Gracedale Referendum Initiative, County Executive John Stoffa, along with Ron Angle and Bernard O'Hare lll continuously deceived the taxpayers of Northampton County by saying that a tax increase was necessary to keep Gracedale in county hands.
First is was 18%, no, that didn't work so they went to 20%. Ultimately they went as high as 30%. But that was just a lie to fear the people into the sale of Gracedale. But it didn't work because for such a worthy cause, the taxes payers were willing to foot the bill of a tax increase.
We know today (without a doubt) that a tax increase was never necessary. And that all the hype about a tax increase was nothing more than a lie, a scare tactic to bamboozle the honest taxpayers into a dishonest act. But WeThePeople refused to buy into the deception.
John Stoffa had a big problem, and whats so amazing is that he didn't know it! - Educated taxpayers who understood the math, and understood that a tax increase was really not necessary - AT ALL.
Stoffa angry throws doc at Barron
Since the initiative passed the vote in 2011, there has been no tax increase. Why not? Because County Controller Stephen Barron was correct, we had enough in our reserve funds to sustain the county well into the future...without an increase in taxes. During the February 7, 2013 County Council meeting it was reported that (even after paying 25.7 million for the swaption) our reserve funds holds steady at 42.3 million dollars. And that ladies and gentlemen of Norco proves that a tax increase to keep Gracedale in county hands was nothing more than another lie by County Executive John Stoffa. A big scare tactic, and while no one was looking, he misused tax dollars to hurt the taxpayers...but his arrogance has caught up with him.
I don't care - It's not my money!!!
We suspect that what he agreed to pay (in what we are now calling "Stoffa-Gift") was a drop-in-the-bucket compared to the initial reports (which we now believe are more accurate) of between $11,000 and $30,000.00. We also believe that when a thorough investigation is completed...the truth will be revealed. Stoffa - will then have to forget about paying attention...and begin paying for his wrongful actions. He has betrayed the trust of the taxpayers!