Proposed Legislation Would Eliminate Property Taxes

Published 05/16 2014 07:03PM

Updated 05/16 2014 08:28PM

May 16th, 2014

If legislation in the Pennsylvania House and Senate passes, Pennsylvanians would not have to pay property taxes.
State Senator David Argall is calling on his colleagues to eliminate property taxes.

He says funding public schools through property taxes doesn't serve a purpose anymore.
Senate bill 76 is being matched by nearly an identical bill in the House.

If it passes, the bill would eliminate property taxes, but it would increase personal income taxes and sales tax.
State Representative Ryan Bizzarro says the current property taxes hurt the most vulnerable, our senior citizens.
Bizzarro is in favor of the House bill, however he sees some holes in the legislation.

One of those involves the state closing a billion dollar gap for school funding from the property taxes if they're eliminated.
The proposal would increase the personal income tax from 3.07 to 4.34.

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