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Lawmakers Take on Property Tax Bills Again

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Last November... Pennsylvanians voted in favor of a constitutional amendment... To allow property taxes to be eliminated. Now,There are multiple bills at the state capitol that aim to get that done. Eyewitness News Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel with the latest

At this time last year..bills to eliminate school property taxes would be considered unconstitutional. Now, though... Both the house and senate are considering measures to make it happen.

 

  "The people voted for it in November. We're now putting it in writing and we're going to go ahead and do it for them."  said Senator Mario Scavello.  He recently introduced Senate Bill 1137." It eliminates owner-occupied residential school property taxes. through the "Homestead Exemption." it will allow 100 percent of a property to be exempt.

Senator Scavello says school property taxes are the single biggest problem he's heard from his constituents.

 "Seniors are regularly choosing between paying for food, medication, or their property taxes. Their school property taxes."

The bill would also raise the state's personal income tax to 5.05 percent... A 1.98 percent increase.

 "Let's say you make $100,000. It's going to cost you $1,980. That's the extra tax you're going to pay on $100,000 of income. And your school taxes go away." noted Senator Scavello.

*That* money will then go back into the school system... Rather than the general fund.

 "We finally have a bill that will meet the demands of the school districts as well as the tax payer," said Senator Bob Mensch.

It's similar to a bill introduced in the house this week... Though that bill has a slightly lower personal income tax increase. of 1.72 percent. 

Governor Wolf's press secretary... J.J. Abbott... Says "Governor Wolf has long supported property tax relief and reform if done in a responsible, fair way. We cannot tax food or clothing, and we have to ensure students and school districts aren't negatively impacted."

 

 Senator Scavello's bill does have bipartisan support. It is currently in committee.


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