Area School Officials Meet With Corbett On Pension Debt

Kent Jackson
Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

State pension debt is rising at an unsustainable level, creating a problem that the government can’t tax its way out of, Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday in Sugarloaf Township.

Corbett asked diners at Tom’s Kitchen to press their lawmakers to change pension rules before the costs drive up school taxes even further.

The governor greeted the diners at mid-morning, then he spoke to taxpayers and school officials, who underscored his points about pensions and taxes.

Hazleton Area Superintendent Francis X. Antonelli said the district’s pension costs rose from $2 million to $13.5 million since 2009 and are projected to hit $20 million in four years.

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