Published in The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.: October 30, 2015
Editor: Jessup is building quite a serious to-do list and the borough has a limited budget to fund the infrastructure projects the town needs.
The fact is, the borough’s annual operating budget is a fraction of what is needed to pay the multimillion-dollar tab for things like fixing Sterry Creek, which is a source of flooding problems.
But the situation is not unsolvable. Jessup has been staring one answer in the face for the better part of a year.
The proposed Lackawanna Energy Center represents the single largest source of potential funding that could help pay for things like Sterry Creek improvements and other needed infrastructure projects without putting the burden on local property taxpayers. Invenergy, the company proposing the plant, will pay more than $500,000 annually in addition to local taxes, generating more $50 million in projected new revenue over the life of the plant.
We need to invest in Jessup’s future. The proposed natural gas plant will give us the opportunity to make important investments that we otherwise couldn’t afford. Build the plant, collect the revenue and build a stronger Jessup.