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Kauffman Joins Rally for Property Tax Elimination at State Capitol
5/8/2012
 

Rep. Rob Kauffman welcomed Chambersburg residents (from left to right) Tim Moran, Barb Moran and Michele Jansen to the state Capitol where they joined the rally to support the Property Tax Independence Act, which would allow for the complete elimination of school property taxes.

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today joined more than 25 colleagues in the House of Representatives at a rally in the state Capitol Rotunda to support the Property Tax Independence Act, which would allow for the complete elimination of school property taxes.

Listen to Kauffman’s radio comments here on the Property Tax Independence Act. at

“Property taxes are an unfair and archaic system of taxation that needs to be eliminated and replaced with a commonsense and equitable tax system, which is what House Bill 1776 is designed to do,” said Kauffman. “The Property Tax Independence Act takes the onus of financing public school education off homeowners and, instead, spreads it out to all taxpayers by being based on a person’s ability to pay.

“Too often people, especially seniors, are having trouble maintaining a home they worked their lives to own, simply because they cannot keep up with ever-rising property taxes,” continued Kauffman. “Property taxes are having a profound effect on millions of homeowners across the Commonwealth, including residents here in Cumberland and Franklin counties. In fact, three individuals from my district made the trek to the Capitol today to show their support for House Bill 1776 and to ask the Legislature to continue working to move this legislation through the legislative process.”

Specifically, the Property Tax Independence Act (House Bill 1776) would provide the same level of funding for schools across the Commonwealth as they currently receive through school property taxes. The bill would enhance collections through the state’s personal income tax by raising it from 3.07 percent to 4 percent. It also would generate additional funds by closing loopholes in the state sales tax and raising the rate from 6 percent to 7 percent.

The plan would apply the 7 percent sales tax to clothing and footwear that cost $50 or more, non-prescription drugs and food items that are not part of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.

“I have been a long-time advocate of property tax elimination and finding a new way to fund public education that does not exclusively target homeowners, which is why I am so supportive of what House Bill 1776 is striving to accomplish,” said Kauffman. “I am hopeful that the bill continues its momentum and reaches the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote before the close of session this year.”

Lawmakers in attendance at the rally also signed the Pennsylvania Declaration of Property Tax Independence, a document vowing to do everything within their power to replace the current property tax system by enacting House Bill 1776.

For additional information about the Property Tax Independence Act, including a complete list of items that would be subject to the expanded state sales tax, constituents should visit www.RepKauffman.com and click on the “Property Tax Independence Act: Get the Details” banner link at the top of the page.

State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
tlehman@pahousegop.com
717.772.9840
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