Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in Pennsylvania. It’s also personified by a movie in which a man finds himself trapped in a time warp, doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
Ironically, it’s that way every year for homeowners in Pennsylvania, who are doomed with ever-increasing property taxes as school districts estimate higher budgets. Legislators have allowed this regressive system to continue far too long.
But last year was different. In November, Pennsylvania voters sent a clear mandate to eliminate property taxes by passing a referendum allowing for a 100 percent homestead exclusion on the property tax. Now a financial solution to replace the school property tax is needed.
The Property Tax Independence Act (HB/SB 76) would completely eliminate school property taxes, shifting the way schools are funded through an increase in the income tax from 3.07 to 4.95 percent, and increasing and expanding the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent. Passing this legislation would expand the tax base and ensure all working individuals contribute to education in accordance with their income, including visitors to the state.
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Call your state senator and representative and urge them to pass this legislation.
Joseph Moodler, Centre Hall