Property Tax Amendment On Nov. 7 Ballot — An amendment to Pennsylvania’s constitution will be up for approval, Nov. 7, that may make debate about a state-wide ban on school property tax moot if it should pass.
Ending the property tax as a means of funding schools has been on the legislative agenda since at least 2012. The bills have been called the Property Tax Independence Act and have had the number 76 in their name.
The amendment, sponsored by Rep. David Maloney (R-130), would change Article VIII of the state constitution to allow local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation an amount based on the assessed value of homestead property.
Existing law now caps the exclusion at 50 percent.
Implementation would require the General Assembly to pass enabling legislation to establish guidelines for local jurisdictions to follow if the amendment should pass.