It seems that Scranton has engaged in a scattershot effort to assess and collect rental fees of homeowners, many of whom are not, in fact, landlords. The problem (aside from the city’s well-earned reputation for incompetence) mainly centers on Scranton’s use of Lackawanna County’s nearly half-century-old¬†property assessment as a basis for which residents received the notices. The rental-fee mess will sort itself out in time, but the episode provides yet another reason why the county needs to perform a reassessment. Otherwise, episodes like this will continue to occur.