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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 13, 2016 03:34 PM
From: Representative Jim Christiana
To: All House members
Subject: A Two-Step Approach to Property Tax Elimination
The issue of property tax elimination has been discussed and debated in the Legislature for more than 40 years, yet Pennsylvania families are still burdened with the most onerous, anti-American tax on our books.

Attempts to eliminate property taxes and replace them within one bill have been unsuccessful. For years, we have let the details of a replacement mechanism stand in the way of getting this done.

As a result, I am planning to introduce legislation that would tackle this long-standing issue in a two-step approach. A two-step approach will set a finite deadline for property tax elimination and force us to find a funding alternative.

As of July 1, 2017, my bill would prohibit any county, city or school district from levying, assessing or collecting any tax on real property. After the bill is signed into law, we would then be forced to come up with a replacement mechanism by reducing expenses, streamlining state government and finding fair alternatives. The state of Michigan successfully eliminated property taxes in a similar two-step approach in 2012.

It is time for state government to turn away from the failures of the past and enact the policy changes necessary to once again make Pennsylvania a place for people to move to, rather than move from. I believe a two-step process will be our most successful option for getting this done once and for all.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Introduced as HB2145