How can cities raise revenue without raising taxes?

Also, The Art of Racing in the Rain author Garth Stein

Pennsylvania cities are classified for governance based on the size of their population. Most cities in the state are designated as third class, with populations less than 250 thousand.  

According to state law, third class cities are required to provide certain public services but when it comes to funding those services their authority to raise revenue is restricted.  

Local city leaders are calling on state government to help solve this financial dilemma through local government reform.  

Appearing on Smart Talk Tuesday to discuss revenue reform options are Republican state Senator Scott Martin of Lancaster and Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace.  

Senator Scott Martin and Mayor Danene Sorace appear on Smart Talk October 1, 2019

Photos courtesy of Senator Scott Martin (left) and Mayor Danene Sorace (right)

Senator Scott Martin and Mayor Danene Sorace appear on Smart Talk October 1, 2019

Also, anyone with a family pet understands what it is like to look into their eyes and wonder what they might be thinking.  A movie released in August goes one step further and gives voice to the family pet. 

Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a story narrated by the famildog, Enzo. His casual observations chronicle family life as his owner marries and the family grows. The film is part racing movie and part dog movie. Through the family’s many ups and downs, Enzo is there to see it all. 

Author Garth Stein joins Smart Talk to discuss his book-turned-movie and the reason for his upcoming visit to Central Pennsylvania.   

Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Photo and book cover courtesy of Garth Stein

Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain appears on Smart Talk October 1, 2019.

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