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Pa. lawmaker unveils plan to eliminate school property taxes

April 02, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin, joined a press conference Monday unveiling the Property Tax Independence Act (House Bill 1776), legislation that would adopt a tax shift to eliminate school property taxes.

“I cannot even count the number of phone calls, emails and personal requests I have received over the years from people seeking relief from school property taxes,” Kauffman said in a news release.

The requests come from senior citizens and hardworking families, he said.

“House Bill 1776 presents a logical solution that rids the commonwealth of school property taxes while gaining a stable funding source for public education,” Kauffman said.

The Property Tax Independence Act would provide the same level of funding for schools across the commonwealth as they currently receive through property taxes designated for public schools. However, the plan would eliminate school property taxes and replace the funds with a 0.3 percent increase in the state’s personal income tax and a 1 percent increase in the state sales tax.

“This plan provides a more fair and equitable tax that relies on the amount of money people spend on goods and services, not on the assessed value of their property,” Kauffman said. “... The plan is based on the idea that the more you spend, the more you contribute. I am hopeful that this bill is given full consideration by the General Assembly in the very near future so that we may move forward with eliminating this onerous tax once and for all.”

Kauffman noted that the bill also has garnered the support of the independent Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations.

For additional information about the Property Tax Independence Act, go to www.repkauffman.com and click on the “Property Tax Independence Act” banner at the top of the page.

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