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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 2, 2019 01:40 PM
From: Representative Robert Freeman
To: All House members
Subject: Tax Exempt Properties
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would provide a dedicated state funding source to municipalities that have at least 15% tax-exempt properties within their municipal borders.

This legislation would establish the Tax Exempt Property Municipal Assistance Fund using the revenue generated from the 18% Liquor Tax, levied on all wine and spirits in Pennsylvania, to provide funding to municipalities with high levels of tax exempt properties. Municipalities with high levels of tax-exempt properties are facing difficult fiscal decisions. A shrinking tax base makes it difficult for some to provide the basic services expected from local government. By providing annual funding to these municipalities, we can stabilize their fiscal situation and enable them to maintain essential basic services to ensure the health and safety of their citizens.

This program would be particularly beneficial to Act 47 communities, county seats, cities, and any community with a major institution of higher learning, a large non-profit health care facility, or considerable state forest or game land.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Brianna Medevich in my office by e-mail at bmedevic@pahouse.net or by telephone at 717-783-3815.

Introduced as HB1677