Jan. 17, 2018

ELLWOOD CITY – Citing a recently passed storm water management tax as motivation, Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today issued a letter to business owners in the City of New Castle inviting them to consider relocating to municipalities in the 10th Legislative District.

Ellwood City Mayor Tony Court, Beaver Falls Mayor George Quay, New Brighton Mayor Tom Albanese and Slippery Rock Mayor J.D. Longo also signed the letter, which cited lower property taxes and no wage tax on employees as reasons to relocate to their municipalities.

“We know that keeping property taxes low and creating an environment where you can work effectively is critical to the success of the free-market system,” the letter reads.

Bernstine noted that bringing jobs to the 10th District is his top priority.

“If the City of New Castle wants to chase businesses out of town by their excessive property tax rates and regulations, we want those business owners to have a place to come and thrive,” Bernstine said. “I work collaboratively with all of our mayors and municipal government leaders to create an environment in which we can all partner together to help our local businesses succeed. Nothing is more important to me than bringing jobs to the 10th Legislative District.”

The full text of the letter sent to New Castle businesses follows. A downloadable copy of the letter is attached. The letter is also available for download at RepBernstine.com.

January 16, 2018

City of New Castle Business Owner,

We wanted to remind you that the 10th Legislative District is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Recently, New Castle City Council unanimously passed a “tax” for storm water management on city businesses that could cost you $15,000/year. In addition to refusing to place an added wage tax on employees, Beaver Falls, Ellwood City, New Brighton, and Slippery Rock have significantly lower property taxes than what your business pays today. We know that keeping property taxes low and creating an environment where you can work effectively is critical to the success of the free-market system.

Beaver Falls, Ellwood City, New Brighton, and Slippery Rock have recently experienced significant growth. Our downtown locations are clean and vibrant while residents of our surrounding municipalities frequently visit to shop at our establishments. We know that this only happens because business owners, like you, risk their hard-earned capital to serve customers. Our job as municipal government leaders is to partner with businesses to ensure they have the necessary tools to flourish.

We are eager to hear from you about how we can work together collaboratively to best serve you and your employees. We are confident that a move to our area will be positive for your business and our constituents.

State Representative Aaron Bernstine
Beaver Falls Mayor George Quay
New Brighton Mayor Tom Albanese
Ellwood City Mayor Tony Court
Slippery Rock Mayor J.D. Longo

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Representative Aaron Bernstine
10th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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