Cox Announces Joint Plan to Eliminate School Property Taxes
11/1/2007
Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) yesterday joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in announcing legislation aimed at completely eliminating school property taxes for Pennsylvania homeowners.          
 
“Pennsylvania homeowners are tired of school property taxes," said Cox. “They are fed up with the unfair burden placed upon them and have had enough of the endless struggle to make ends meet. School property taxes have drained homeowners’ wallets for far too long. Reductions, rebates and reimbursements are not good enough. We must completely eliminate school property taxes."
 
In addition to Cox, the coalition of lawmakers that have been working on the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007 since its inception include the legislation’s primary sponsor Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks), House Republican Whip David Argall, (R-Schuylkill/Berks), Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster, Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery), Rep. Tom Yewcic (D-Cambria/Somerset) and a number of other House Democrats and staff.  
 
Details of the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007: 
  • Would completely abolish school property taxes and replace more than $10 billion in revenue with revenue from a sales tax on previously un-taxed items and services. 
  • Additional services would be subject to the sales tax. 
  • Food and clothing would not be taxed. 
  • Non-processed foods (such as fresh fruit) would not be subject to sales tax. 
  • Utilities (such as fuel oil, water, electric, etc.) would not be subject to sales tax. 
  • Doctor and dentist office visits would not be subject to the sales tax.
“This legislation would stabilize Pennsylvania’s crumbling and obsolete school funding system by replacing an inadequate revenue source (school property taxes) with a broad-based, modernized and sufficient revenue system (the sales tax)," said Cox. “Replacing a mandatory school property tax with a broader sales tax allows Pennsylvanians, regardless of income level, to largely control what they actually pay in taxes. Those who have the ability to spend more through voluntary consumer purchases will pay their fair share for education."
Cox also announced that the lawmakers are planning public hearings to gather public input on the property tax elimination plan with the objective of bringing the initial aspects of the proposal up for a full House vote before the Holiday recess.
 
More information on the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007, including a school property tax calculator, is available at RepJimCox.com.
 
Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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