MARYSVILLE – At the request of Senator John DiSanto (R-Dauphin/Perry), the Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet in Marysville in Perry County to review school property tax elimination efforts. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Marysville Lions Club.
Pennsylvania has struggled for decades to repeal and replace the school property tax with a more equitable way to fund public education. Relief measures such as school property tax referendums and casino gaming have fallen short of expectations and done little to ease the burden of homeowners—especially seniors living on fixed-incomes.
Senate Bill 76, sponsored by Senators Argall and DiSanto, is a bipartisan property tax elimination proposal which was defeated in the Senate by one vote.
In an effort to break the political deadlock, a bipartisan group of legislators from the House and the Senate has presented five new plans to legislative leaders in the hope of gathering sufficient votes for a solution.
“As a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 76 I remain steadfast in supporting the total elimination of school property taxes,” DiSanto said. “School property taxes are regressive, archaic, and resoundingly unfair. No tax should have the power to leave you homeless and only total elimination ensures Pennsylvanians are secure in their homes. I look forward to using this forum as a way to gather fellow legislators and interested stakeholders to the table to propel this issue forward.”
“Nine times out of ten, if a constituent asks me about an issue it’s going to be this one,” said committee chair Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). “Pennsylvanians have been waiting a long time to throw this rotten school property tax on the ash heap of history.”
More information can be found on the committee’s website at http://policy.pasenategop.com