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.
“There is little to celebrate in this budget," says PBPC Director Sharon Ward. "It fails to adequately address the enormity of the funding crisis facing Pennsylvania schools. 80 percent of the cuts to classrooms are left intact, and that means higher property taxes and even larger class sizes in our schools.
"The debate in Lower Allen Twp. about a proposed property tax credit for Ahold, the Netherlands-based food company, is an illustration of everything wrong with the economic development subsidy game," writes PBPC Research Director Michael Wood in an op-ed in today's Harrisburg Patriot-News.
"Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania ... would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents, and our children," Michael Wood testified before the Senate Finance Committee today.
Legislation to eliminate all school property taxes in the commonwealth would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents and our children, PBPC Research Director Michael Wood testified before the state House Finance Committee.
As the deadline for filing state and federal tax returns approaches, we have put together the following resources to help you understand what your tax dollars support. We also highlight reports and educational materials on closing tax loopholes and improving overall tax fairness.
"If you have children or pay property taxes in Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett's budget proposal should trouble you," Sharon Ward writes. "His budget cuts public school aid by a billion dollars, setting funding back three years."