Bipartisan Coalition Working Together on Plan to Permanently Abolish School Property Taxes
Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks) was joined by a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers today to announce the introduction of legislation to eliminate school property taxes paid by homeowners.
“For the past several months, we have been working together with the bipartisan objective of abolishing school property taxes for primary residences while addressing school district financial distress and school funding equity imbalances,” said Rohrer. “The completion of the first stage of this collaborative endeavor leads us to believe now more than ever, that we can put public education on a firm and fair financial footing and deliver genuine school property tax relief in as little as three years time.”
In addition to Rohrer, the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers that have been working on the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007 since its inception include, House Republican Whip David Argall, (R-Schuylkill/Berks), Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks), Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster), Rep.
“Property taxes are an unfair burden for
While certain details remain subject to discussion, the agreed to principles for the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007 include:
- It must eliminate school property and nuisance taxes, though it may take three to four years.
- It must be based on a reliable, consistent and elastic dedicated funding program.
- It must move substantially and quickly toward reasonable and long overdue equity.
- It must be a funding system that fulfils our Constitutional responsibility to provide a thorough and efficient system of public education, while simultaneously abolishing property and nuisance taxes.
- There must be blended revenues that are fair and least burdensome to Pennsylvanians least able to afford any financial burden. This may consist of an expansion of the SUT base or rate, a small component of PIT, and Gaming Revenues.
A Constitutional Amendment to allow for abolishing school property taxes on all homes and farms while still retaining some property tax for all other properties.
“Today we return to the fight for
“The people of this Commonwealth have repeatedly expressed their desire for the complete elimination of property taxes and a new system of funding our schools,” said Quigley. “I believe the plan we are preparing will offer a comprehensive approach to adopting a new taxation system that will more equitably distribute the burden of funding education.”
The lawmakers also announced that they plan an aggressive schedule of public hearings in coming weeks to gather public input on the property tax elimination plan with the objective of bringing the initial aspects of the proposal up for a full House vote in the near future.
“I stand with property owners in
For the latest updates or to accurately calculate individual property owner savings under the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007,
“Any tax that has the power to displace
Rep. David Argall
Rep. Gordon Denlinger
Rep. Thomas J. Quigley
Rep. Jim Cox
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October 31, 2007