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MEET JOHN 

Experience makes the difference
  • 35+ Years of Professional Tax and Accounting Experience
  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting
  • Multi-year President of the PA Business Privilege & Mercantile Tax Collectors Association
  • 20+ Years of voluntary community leadership and service with youth sports leagues throughout the area.

John Opsasnick, 63, is a lifelong Scranton resident and political newcomer.  In 1980, Scranton Tax Collector, David Wenzel, hired him shortly after he graduated from the University of Scranton.  He has worked in the tax office his entire professional career. It could be said that tax collection is his life’s work and that he is a career public servant.

John also donated his time and talent as treasurer and coach of the Minooka Babe Ruth League & Girls Softball League for over 20 years. He is a former board member of the Minooka Athletic Association, coach of the St Joseph’s Girls Basketball League, Robinson Park Girls Basketball League, and the Minooka Boys Summer Basketball League.

John and his wife Sheila have raised three children, Kevin, Amy and Caitlin, who have attended and graduated from Scranton public schools.  Their family includes Kevin and his wife Janna, two grandchildren, Henry and Navah; Amy and partner Jim Shomo; and Caitlin and husband Will Fitch.

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Education

  • Earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Scranton.

  • Completed the educational training requirements and passed the tax officers examination and was one of approximately fifty originally certified as a tax officer by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

  • Earned continuing education credits by attending seminars conducted by the IRS, NE Regional Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association, PA Business Privilege & Mercantile Tax Collectors Association, and the PA Earned Income Tax Collectors Association.

Professional Experience

  • I have 37 years experience working in the Scranton Single Tax Office as a Scranton School District auditor and tax administrator.  I am currently sole proprietor of my tax preparation company.

  • I am proud of the fact that I was elected to the board of directors of the following tax collector organizations by my peers statewide.  The PA Business Privilege & Mercantile Tax Collectors Assoc. (I was a multi-term president of this organization and am currently on the board  as the past president), and the PA Earned Income Tax Collectors Assoc.

  • Treasurer and coach of the Minooka Babe Ruth League & Girls Softball League for over 20 years.

  • Former board member of the Minooka Athletic Association.