Legislative proposals to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania have gained steam in the Legislature, posing a serious threat to stable, predictable education funding. Most of the proposals currently before the General Assembly do not address the primary issue with property taxes in Pennsylvania — that too few state dollars are used to support public schools in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania can help seniors and working families having trouble paying their property taxes with better targeted strategies while still protecting critical investments in public education.
Today’s mid-year budget briefing by Budget Secretary Zogby confirms the warnings issued by the Independent Fiscal Office and the independent ratings agencies about Pennsylvania’s dire financial condition. The Commonwealth can no longer rely on one-time fixes to balance its budget. We need long-term solutions that will restore fiscal stability and allow the Commonwealth to grow.
HARRISBURG, PA (Oct. 15, 2014) – Representatives of several of the 40 diverse organizations that oppose Senate Bill 76 gathered in the Capitol Rotunda today to highlight the harm to public schools and the disadvantages to low-income Pennsylvanians, workers and consumers if school property taxes are repealed. Senate Bill 76 would eliminate property taxes and, instead, rely on an increased income tax and an increased and expanded sales tax to fund Pennsylvania’s schools.
This webinar takes a look at the report, "Reform, Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools," which finds that property taxes are moderate in most Pennsylvania communities, and recommends that the state should better target its property tax relief and overhaul its assessment system rather than eliminate the local property taxes that fund our children’s schools and prepare our future workforce.
Pennsylvania should better target its property tax relief and overhaul its assessment system rather than eliminate the local property taxes that fund our children’s schools and prepare our future workforce, a report released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center concluded.
Property taxes are high in some Pennsylvania school districts, but PBPC’s new report, "Reform, Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools," reveals that compared to the national average and neighboring states, property taxes are moderate in most communities.
We are disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee has advanced a bill that is so damaging to public education in Pennsylvania. This plan would guarantee new and growing cuts to public schools at a time when the public has said it wants to restore school funding and invest in children’s education.
"The budget adopted by the Senate today relies on revenue estimates that are no more than magical thinking. It leaves a ticking time bomb that will explode before the year is out. The Pennsylvania Constitution requires a balanced budget. This budget does not meet that obligation."