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Kauffman Joins in Unveiling of Property Tax Independence Act
3/15/2013
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) this week joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to reintroduce the Property Tax Independence Act, a bold plan to completely replace school district property taxes.

“There is no single issue that I hear more about from the people I represent than school property taxes,” said Kauffman. “Many elderly residents are financially burdened with having to pay rising property taxes while living on fixed incomes, and many young couples are concerned that even when they eventually pay off their mortgages, they still won’t truly own their own home outright because they will still have to pay property taxes. The Property Tax Independence Act is the first plan to demonstrate a viable way to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania once and for all.”

The Property Tax Independence Act would replace revenues currently collected through school district property taxes with alternative, statewide funding sources. According to the plan, the state sales tax would be raised from 6 percent to 7 percent and the Personal Income Tax would be raised from 3.07 percent to 4.34 percent. The legislation also would close some special interest loopholes in the Sales and Use Tax.

Kauffman said following questions as to the financial soundness of the plan last session, the Independent Fiscal Office conducted a thorough analysis which resulted in slight modifications to the proposal this session. The current plan, together with some existing gaming revenues, will now be sufficient to fully replace school district property taxes.

“The philosophy behind this plan, which goes back several years, has always been solid, but now we have the hard numbers to prove the plan can work,” said Kauffman. “I look forward to discussion and debate on House Bill 76 in the coming months as we continue to strive for property tax independence in the Commonwealth.”

Kauffman noted that identical legislation in the state Senate (Senate Bill 76) will also be introduced in the near future.

For more information on House Bill 76, go to Kauffman’s website at www.RepKauffman.com.

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