SB-76 Topic Of Delco Town Hall Sept. 14

SB-76 Topic Of Delco Town Hall — HB/SB-76 — also known as the Property Tax Independence Act — will be the subject of a Town Hall, 7 p.m., Sept. 14, at the Marple Library, 2599 S. Sproul Road, Broomall, Pa. 19008.

The bill will eliminate all property tax funding for schools — with some exceptions for districts with long-term debt –and replace it by increasing the state sales tax 1 percentage point and the state income tax 1.88 percentage points.

Details will be discussed at the town hall or visiting the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition website

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SB-76 Topic Of Delco Town Hall on Sept. 14

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5 thoughts on “SB-76 Topic Of Delco Town Hall Sept. 14”

  1. This is stated incorrectly Bill. The PERCENT INCREASE OF THE INCOME TAX (from 3.07% to 4.95%) is actually a 61% (do the math!) increase. The state income tax would be increased by 1.88 PERCENTAGE POINTS — not 1.88%. Proponents go into a rage when one corrects them since 1.88% is certainly not as off-putting as the true 61% increase, but they should learn to report their information correctly.

    1. Actually, proponents do not go into a rage when corrected. The point is that this will be best for TAXPAYERS. The consequences will be that school boards will,actually have to MANAGE funds now and not dip into taxpayer pockets every time they need money to put in artificial turf, etc. They will,have to say no to unions who want exhorbitant salaries and benefit packages for teachers and administration. They will have to ” right size” staffing, no three principals and Asst principals for middle schools. No to bonuses for supertintendents who just ” do their job”. The gravy train is currently king to an end. They will now have to operate and manage a budget like taxpayers do at home and business’ do in their firms.

  2. If this bill were to pass, the consequences for our public school system in PA would be disastrous. Although its proponents try to spin the decimation of local control that would result, there is no question that control would come from the Harrisburg bureaucracy which has proven itself to be incompetent in solving fiscal problems of any sort. Although some might be tempted to support this bill, an examination of the ramifications and consequences should make all Pennsylvanians AFRAID — VERY AFRAID — of its passage.

    Although there are innumerable, legitimate arguments against this Property Tax Elimination Bill, the most convincing is stated by PASBO (PA Assn. of School Business Officials) in their link entitled: “Bye Bye Local Control.” It states:

    “With the elimination of school property taxes comes the total elimination of taxing authority by locally elected school boards and a total undercutting of local control. As a result, school board members—individuals locally elected by their communities to make the important decisions about how to run, operate and finance their district’s schools—will be rendered useless. Under property tax elimination, Harrisburg becomes the de facto school board for 500 school districts. A school district will have no authority to hire new staff, negotiate contracts, implement new programs—even mandated ones, replace old buses, refresh technology, repave the parking lot or simply respond to the changing needs of their students.

    What happens if there is an increase in special education costs? What happens if charter school costs increase? What happens if the boiler must be replaced? The very individuals elected to respond to those issues will have no authority to do so. At the end of the day, property tax elimination creates even bigger government in Harrisburg. It erases Pennsylvania’s history of local control of education, handing the keys of 500 school districts to 253 individuals who were not elected to run them. The PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) strongly opposes the elimination of school property taxes, and we ask that you understand the very negative implications this proposal has for your taxpayers, school districts and students.”

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