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Kauffman Renews Call for Elimination of School Property Taxes, Supports Property Tax Independence Act

Rep. Rob Kauffman (fifth from right) joined a press conference unveiling the Property Tax Independence Act, which is legislation that would adopt a tax shift to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today joined a press conference unveiling the Property Tax Independence Act (House Bill 1776), legislation that would adopt a tax shift to eliminate school property taxes.


“I cannot even count the number of phone calls, e-mails and personal requests I have received over the years from people seeking relief from school property taxes,” said Kauffman. “These requests are coming from senior citizens to hard-working families who are struggling to keep up with skyrocketing property taxes. House Bill 1776 presents a logical solution that rids the Commonwealth of school property taxes while gaining a stable funding source for public education.”


The Property Tax Independence Act would provide the same level of funding for schools across the Commonwealth as they currently receive through school property taxes. However, the plan would eliminate school property taxes and replace the funds with a 0.3 percent increase in the state's personal income tax and a 1 percent increase in the state sales tax.


“This plan provides a more fair and equitable tax that relies on the amount of money people spend on goods and services, not on the assessed value of their property,” said Kauffman. “Under this proposal no one would be in jeopardy of losing his or her home due to the burden of property taxes. The plan is based on the idea that the more you spend, the more you contribute. I am hopeful that this bill is given full consideration by the General Assembly in the very near future so that we may move forward with eliminating this onerous tax once and for all.”


Kauffman noted that the bill also has garnered the support of the independent Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA). 


For additional information about the Property Tax Independence Act, visit and click on the “Property Tax Independence Act” banner at the top of the page.


State Representative Rob Kauffman

89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman


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