A western Pennsylvania city’s law designed to make property tax deadbeats pay up by denying licenses and permits for development goes beyond the authority granted to cities by the state Legislature, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court panel has ruled.

In Trigona v. Lender, PICS Case No. 07-0932 (Pa. Commw. June 14, 2007) Simpson, J. (19 pages) Frank M. Trigona, a Jeannette, Pa., businessman, challenged the city’s refusal to grant him or his company, Trigona Corp., a license to open a restaurant.

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