Ballot Question Gives Taxpayers a Voice on Property Taxes
Earlier this month, Senator Scott Martin and I hosted a hearing in Lancaster County with members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee to examine the property tax issue and explore some of the potential solutions that have been proposed in the General Assembly. While lawmakers continue to work toward real and meaningful property tax reform, Pennsylvania voters will have an opportunity to make their voices heard on this issue at the ballot box in November.
Voters in the November election will be asked whether they support an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would allow a local government body – such as a county, school district or municipality – to exempt the total assessed value of residential properties from the property tax through the existing homestead exemption. Current law only allows taxing bodies to exempt 50 percent of the median assessed value.
This approach would essentially allow local governments to completely eliminate the property tax for homeowners in their area. The property tax would be replaced through an earned income tax or a personal income tax.
This ballot question is only one potential avenue to provide relief from rising property taxes. I encourage voters to give careful consideration to this question, and I welcome your input as lawmakers continue to explore different ideas to reduce or eliminate this crushing burden on homeowners throughout the state.
More information about the ballot question is available here.
I appreciated the chance to speak with Lancaster County farmers at a Farmer's Breakfast, hosted by Representatives Fee and Zimmerman, at Shady Maple last week.
REMINDER: Coffee and Conversation Event Scheduled for Monday
It is critical for elected officials at all levels of government to meet with constituents to hear their concerns and perspectives. I hope community residents can join me for an informal discussion about what is happening in our region and in Harrisburg during my next Coffee and Conversation event in Elizabethtown on September 25. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Borough Office, located at 600 South Hanover Street.
If you cannot make it to this event, I hope you can join me at one of my town hall meetings that will be held later this year in Denver (October 19) and Landisville (November 2). More details about these events will be included in my next e-newsletter.
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