School Property Taxes: What are the Proposals?
In January we wrote a blog about a gubernatorial debate held in Pittsburgh and examined the stances on school property taxes among candidates who were running for their party’s nomination for Governor.
Three months have passed, one candidate at the January debate is no longer running for the office, and a legislative proposal to carry out a total elimination of school taxes on homesteads (per the November 2017 ballot question on homestead exclusions) has been introduced. That would raise the state’s personal income tax and send the money back to school districts to fund homestead exclusions of 100%, the maximum permitted by the Constitutional amendment.
So what could Pennsylvanians be hearing about in regards to school property taxes in the coming months? According to a news article on the possibility of elimination and replacement by other sources of revenue, there are two candidates who are in favor of complete (residential and non-residential) school property tax elimination and replacement by a combination of increases to the sales and personal income taxes. The third candidate would be in favor of a provision to freeze school property taxes for senior citizens but not be in favor of the larger shift.