Proposal to reform property tax system in Pennsylvania fails to make it out of committee

Our politics blog had a good bit of comments over the weekend about House Bill 1776, proposed by state Rep. Jim Cox, R- Berks County, which would eliminate the school property tax.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the bill basically died today:

“Legislators said they were nervous about increasing the state sales tax to 7 percent (and 8 percent in Allegheny County) and increasing the personal income tax rate to 4.01 percent (from the current 3.07 percent) — moves that would have been needed to replace the $10 billion that would have been lost by eliminating school property taxes.

“Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks, who sponsored House Bill 1776, the Property Tax Independence Act, was upset at the committee’s failure to send his bill to the House floor.”

Here’s a sample of the comments from over the weekend:

“It is a given that, as long as our state legislators continue with their half-measures of tax reform, your constituents will continue to suffer unpardonable tax increases each year.

“Since many of you want to retain your positions, please consider voting only for HB 1776. This is absolutely the only bill that will satisfy most of the residents of Pennsylvania. Anything else is just a political shell game designed to make your constituents think that you are serving in their best interests in yet another election year.”

House Bill 2230, proposed by state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, made it out of committee in April. In our informal poll, Cox’s proposal was more popular than Grove’s. And members of the York 912 Patriots have criticized Grove’s plan.

But what are your thoughts now? If you weren’t a fan of Grove’s proposal before, does this change your mind?

 

 

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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2 Responses to Proposal to reform property tax system in Pennsylvania fails to make it out of committee

  1. anthony bookhultz says:

    Our legislators are cowards. It is sad that our legislators are beholden to the public school unions. Because of this 10,000 hard working tax payers are losing their homes to the criminal school taxes. How do these people sleep at night? They should take a lesson from Scott Walker. We the people will stand behind them. If not, we will come for all who vote against bill 1776. What a sad day in pa.

    ps. In Wisconsin the public sector unions have lost 2/3s of their members since they past the bill in February. Thanks for nothing PA.

  2. anthony bookhultz says:

    ONE WORD COWARDS!

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