Brown, Scavello Support the Property Tax Independence Act
3/14/2013

HARRISBURG – Because no tax should have the power to leave any Pennsylvanian homeless, Reps. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) and Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) are among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support House Bill 76, known as the Property Tax Independence Act. 

“I consistently hear the struggles my constituents have in paying their school taxes.  Over the last 10 years, the school taxes have become completely unmanageable and they are dramatically affecting the districts economy, vitality and standard of living,” said Brown. “Our school property tax system is unfair and antiquated and it’s not working for my constituents, which is why we need to change how we fund our schools.” 

“Our skyrocketing property taxes in Monroe County have resulted in more than 3,000 vacant homes in our communities,” said Scavello. “In the recent past, a Monroe County homeowner could build a brand new home for about $250,000. Unfortunately, that same home today is only worth about $150,000, with property taxes estimated at $11,000 per year. If we don’t fix this outdated property tax system, our area, and others like it across the state, more of our residents will move outside the area and we will never drive in new businesses and homeowners.” 

The Property Tax Independence Act would replace revenues currently collected through school district property taxes with alternative, statewide funding sources. The state sales tax would be raised from 6 percent to 7 percent, which would cost Pennsylvania customers one additional penny per $1 of taxable goods they purchase.  

Measures under this legislation would raise the Personal Income Tax from from 3.07 percent to 4.34 percent, costing Pennsylvania workers approximately 1 ¼ pennies for every $1 they earn. Additionally, this legislation, if enacted, will close some special interest loopholes in the Sales and Use Tax.  

According to this bill, by combining this plan with existing gaming revenues, these dollars would be enough to fully replace school district property taxes.  

House Bill 76 now awaits consideration in the House Finance Committee. State Sen. David Argall (R-Berks/Carbon/Lehigh/Monroe/Northampton/Schuylkill) also introduced this legislation as Senate Bill 76 across the hall in the other chamber of the General Assembly. 

For more information on these bills, visit Brown and Scavello’s websites at RepBrown.com or MarioScavello.com and click on the “The Property Tax Independence Act” graphics on their homepages, or follow Brown’s legislative Facebook at Facebook.com/RepBrown.  

Representative Rosemary Brown
189th District
Representative Mario Scavello
176th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Lauren Whetzel
717.260.6451
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
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