WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A new Pennsylvania law provides for taxation with representation in requiring school districts to seek public input on their tax structures.
Under Act 1 of 2006, the state's 501 school districts have been told to form panels of five, seven or nine people to recommend if or how the burden of property taxes should be shifted to income taxes.
The panels are supposed to be a group of taxpayers or residents with socioeconomic positions, ages and occupations that reflect the district's composition as a whole. They will spend three months examining how taxes are currently levied, assessed and collected, then form a report on how it should be done in the future.
By the end of the year, they will take those reports to the school boards, which reserve the right to reject the recommendations.