These foreclosures evidence that the present day property tax model used to pay for schools has become an unworkable system, and it is becoming worse by the day. Quite frankly, the property tax model that may have worked well in the 19th century is not working today, and it clearly will no longer be sustainable into the 21st century.
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Presently, in the Pennsylvania legislature, sits one of the most significant bipartisan pieces of legislation that you may see in your lifetime. Its title is Senate Bill 76 (SB 76) and it will completely outlaw the collection of property taxes to fund public schools. In a revenue-neutral shift, Senate Bill 76 will replace the property tax funding mechanism for schools with small increases in the state sales tax and the personal income tax. This will increase the funding base for public schools and remove the pressure from struggling homeowners to carry the whole load.
Members of AFSCME Council 13, subchapter 8702, and the general public—about 20 people in total—gathered Thursday afternoon at the Luzerne County West Side Annex located on the grounds of the Wyoming Valley Airport to learn more about SB 76, the Property Tax Independence Act
House Bill 1189 (H.B. 1189) was voted out of committee and brought to the full House for a vote. . . . I and some of my colleagues did not feel that this was the best method to use in addressing a very serious school property tax issue. For that reason, I placed the language of House Bill 76 (H.B. 76) into amendment form and attached it to H.B. 1189. My goal was to get a vote on H.B. 76 in that manner since the Finance Committee has refused to bring it up for a vote. Unfortunately, the amendment failed by a vote of 138–59 and ultimately, H.B. 1189 passed and has been sent to the Senate.