WAYNESBORO, Pa. -Not only is the Pennsylvania General Assembly split on how to cut or eliminate real estate taxes in the state, it's even hard to find consensus among area representatives.
Eleven weeks into a special session called by Gov. Ed. Rendell to cut property taxes, the House of Representatives was only sure of what it would not pass. The Senate, meanwhile, approved its own property-tax cutting measure on Thursday and went home for the holidays.
"Not this year," said state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Waynesboro, of that body's efforts to reform taxes. "The senate has adjourned until January. We''ll come back full force then." Initially, Rendell called the special session in September to ask the legislature to force school districts to accept spending restrictions and the promise of gambling money for property tax cuts after most districts had rejected them.
Called Act 72, that plan came about as a hard-fought compromise between the Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled legislature to legalize slot machines, use one-third of the gambling revenue for property-tax cuts and control school spending increases that drive up property taxes.