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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: March 22, 2023 03:28 PM
From: Representative Jim Rigby
To: All House members
Subject: Enhancing Funding Capabilities for Emergency Services (Former HB2601)
Pennsylvania’s emergency services are in a dire state of crisis. The SR 6 report of 2018, and the “EMS In Crisis” public hearing of 2022 conveyed the woeful lack of funding, personnel and other resources necessary for emergency services to fulfill their public health duty. A primary recommendation, supported by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), is to increase the amount of ambulance tax second class townships may levy.

Therefore, I plan on introducing a package of legislation which would increase the amount of ambulance tax boroughs, first class and second class townships may choose to levy. My legislation would increase the permissible leverage of property taxes from .5 mills to 1.5 mills for the purpose of emergency services. It will also enhance how these funds may be used in accordance with current fire company provisions.

Funding is a primary issue for struggling emergency services across the Commonwealth, thus it is imperative that new revenue options are afforded to municipalities to pay for their crucial services. 

I urge you to join me in sponsoring this critical piece of legislation for the sustainment of our emergency services, and for the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians.

Document #1

Introduced as HB1035

Description: Boroughs

Document #2

Introduced as HB1036

Description: First Class Townships

Document #3

Introduced as HB1037

Description: Second Class Townships