Property Taxes

Issue Spotlight: Property Tax Reform

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.

September 9, 2013

Pennsylvania should develop a school funding and property tax relief program that ensures adequate funding for schools, reduces the inequities between school districts, provides targeted property tax relief to individuals who face true hardship, andp targets relief to communities where high millage rates impede growth.

July 2, 2013

“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.

September 24, 2012

Any reform must be fair, transparent and based on an individual’s ability to pay, PBPC Director Sharon Ward testified before the House Select Committee on Property Tax today.

July 26, 2012

"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.

Updated: June 11, 2012

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.

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