Kudos to Luzerne County Councilwman Linda McCloskey Houck, who has emerged as a resolute leader of what might be called the anti-Pedri or pro-democracy faction of council.
Though her recent attempt at improving oversight and enhancing transparency for certain projects failed because of the pro-Pedri’s faction’s reluctance to blunt his power, she deserves credit for bring this issue to the forefront.
I know that in her first term she supported a few property tax increases, but she has evidently undergone a political epiphany and many of the citizens/taxpayers in this county are grateful for the transformation. She has fought against the horrific prospect of a $5 vehicle tax, while leading the opposition to Pedri’s draining of various reserve funds for senseless projects such as contracting out payroll services and voted against the absurd litigation settlement of the former head of voters’ services.
She also refused to support a recent property tax break for another warehouse project in Hanover Township. It’s reassuring to know that she and her colleagues, Steve Urban, Ed Brominski and Harry Haas, seem to have the best interests of the taxpayers at heart.
In the process, this minority faction continues to expose the shameful, reckless actions of the McGinley/Saidman majority while manifesting a dire need to amend or depose the home rule system itself.
Here’s hoping that McCloskey Houck’s perseverance and commitment will begin to undermine the provincialism and business-as-usual approach of this majority.