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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 5, 2022 01:49 PM
From: Representative Perry A. Stambaugh
To: All House members
Subject: School Property Tax Elimination Constitutional Amendment (Former HB 927)
 
I am reintroducing a constitutional amendment (HB 927 from last session) to end the imposition of school district property taxes and compel this General Assembly to enact a more equitable alternative to fund public education. The people of Pennsylvania have spoken forcefully at town hall meetings as well as in the voting booth about the need to eliminate this archaic and unfair tax, which essentially acts as a “rent payment” to the state.

For decades, relief measures such as casino gaming have fallen short of expectations and have done little to ease the burden of Pennsylvania homeowners—especially our seniors living on fixed-incomes. As recently as 2017, Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment expanding the homestead exclusion to 100 percent of a home’s assessed value, yet three more years have passed with no meaningful property tax reforms.

Constituents in our districts and across the entire Commonwealth are suffering greatly under the weight of constantly increasing school property taxes. The status-quo is unacceptable, and voter approval of this constitutional amendment would force the General Assembly to address this issue once and for all. Powerful and entrenched special interests opposing reform would no longer be able to block needed action.

This amendment would also guarantee that our local school districts receive the same amount of revenue as they did from the property tax, so education funding would be more equitable for taxpayers while ensuring school needs are met.

No tax should have the power to leave you homeless and only total elimination will ensure Pennsylvanians are secure in their homes.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this essential legislation that will allow the people of Pennsylvania directly to decide the future of school property tax elimination. The measure will be a companion to a similar initiative introduced in the Senate. 



Introduced as HB459