Brown Joins Call for Property Tax Independence
5/9/2012
HARRISBURG – Joined by several hundred supporters of the Property Tax Independence Act, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) participated in Monday’s rally to continue the momentum and urge the House to advance House Bill 1776 as a way to relieve the crushing burden of school property taxes in Pennsylvania.

“House Bill 1776 represents a ray of hope for those homeowners who have struggled with school property taxes for decades,” said Brown, a co-sponsor of the revolutionary tax proposal. “This measure seeks to replace the unfair, excessive and burdensome school property tax with revenue that is fairer because it is based on an individual’s ability to pay.”

Brown said that one of the causes of these excessive taxes has stemmed from rapid growth within the region and inequitable state funding which has left schools shortchanged. The combination of this, along with spending issues within the districts, has left the local taxpayers picking up the tab. That has resulted in owners of modest homes paying tens of thousands of dollars in local school taxes.

House Bill 1776 would completely eliminate all school and nuisance taxes in favor of a higher personal income tax and sales and use tax. This would also allow the burden to be more evenly and fairly distributed.

Brown also pointed out that in areas with high property taxes, business and industry also suffer, and this hampers economic growth.

“By replacing the school property tax with a fairer system, both homeowners and businesses can reinvest their tax money into the economy, thereby strengthening it,” she said. “This proposal has the ability to put more than $10 billion back in the pockets of homeowners and job creators, while also making our area more attractive to out-of-state industries wishing to relocate to Pennsylvania.”

The legislation is currently with the House Finance Committee for consideration.

Brown is also working with Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe), legislators from high-growth areas and citizens in a legal action to have the state’s education funding formula overturned. This would seek to increase state funding for fast growing areas that have been shortchanged by an antiquated funding formula based upon old census data.



For more information on House Bill 1776, visit Brown’s website at www.RepBrown.com.
 
State Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Jennifer Keaton
jkeaton@pahousegop.com
717.705.2094
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