As a former legislative staff member and nearly five-term member of the Legislature, state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) has been on the front lines of the property tax debate. For that reason, she has been appointed to serve on a School Property Tax Working Group that met Monday for the second time. The group consists of House and Senate members from both sides of the aisle.
“This is a very complex issue that in some ways is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to funding education in Pennsylvania,” Hahn said. “We are looking not only at possibly reducing or even eliminating school property taxes, but also the cost drivers that would impact any piece of legislation we put forward and affect its sustainability for future generations.”
Hahn says there are eight pieces of school property tax legislation that have been introduced in the House and Senate, including her House Bill 1200
. The working group is evaluating the merits of each one of them.
“While the understood goal obviously is providing relief for taxpayers, our objective as an appointed group of legislators is to discover which bill or combination of bills has the best chance to garner 102 votes in the House, 26 Senate votes and the signature of the governor,” said Hahn. “Nothing gets done if a piece of legislation can’t accomplish that.
“Over the years, I’ve heard many constituents say they simply want school property taxes eliminated,” Hahn added. “Doing so would mean having to come up with a stable source of revenue that will generate more than $8.5 billion annually, and that figure increases each fiscal year.
“The ideal situation would be to find that funding source, in addition to a way to reduce the price tag for education. Accomplishing that would serve as even greater stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”
Representative Marcia Hahn
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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