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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: August 8, 2022 02:33 PM
From: Representative Francis X. Ryan
To: All House members
Subject: Property Tax Elimination Constitutional Amendment
 
Property tax elimination has been discussed for decades. 
 
House Bill 13, the property tax accommodation bill, was introduced to help solve this problem by eliminating Property Tax. Public support for the bill is increasing significantly but many remain concerned about the impact of some of the changes.
 
As a result, I am proposing a constitutional amendment which embodies the spirit of House Bill 13. If the constitutional amendment were to pass, I would recommend that the current House Bill 13 be used as a template for the enabling legislation.
 
It’s time to get rid of property taxes and this constitutional amendment allows the voters to decide upon the replacement tax. That has been the shortcoming in the prior effort. This amendment specifies health replacement taxes are to be generated so the voters can decide themselves if that’s what they really want.
 
I humbly request your support of this critically important constitutional amendment which is necessary for the survival of the commonwealth and our citizens.  
 
The time is now to save the Commonwealth from financial bankruptcy and its residents from homelessness.  The property tax is effectively an asset tax on homes, which for many people is their largest asset.  This disproportionately impacts middle and lower-income residents.  Shifting to a sales/income tax eliminates the regressive school property tax and will serve to eliminate barriers to home ownership.  The bill will also ensure an improved fair funding formula for each school district and to allow a transition period from the archaic system to a modern school funding model.
 
Please join me in cosponsoring this critical legislation.



Introduced as HB2785