"While the bill ostensibly imposes a 'fee' for general county services, it appears to be an attempt to circumvent commonwealth law and impose real estate taxes on otherwise exempt real property in a non-uniform matter," Onorato wrote in a letter to council. (Trib, Bill Zlatos)
Mr. Onorato is, first and foremost, a legal scholar.
New and necessary city legislation which Mayor Ravenstahl will submit on Monday will almost certainly perform an identical function. That makes this especially interesting.
The County Executive is kowtowing to some significant presumed gubernatorial campaign supporters by offering this legalish rational as a political fig leaf. It is time for the Council to carve out a bit of its own unique space. County Council can allow Mr. Onorato to act out his display while still politely overriding his veto, staying the course with respect to this long overdue legislation. The powerhouse of our region's economy must be allowed to become a part of our economy, or we will forever be foundering like this.