Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Chairmen Team Up on School Tax Reform
HARRISBURG – The chairmen of the Senate Urban Affairs & Housing
Committee are working to build bipartisan support for a bill that would eliminate
school property taxes.
David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) chair the
committee with oversight of issues impacting housing across the state.
heard plenty of individuals testify about the need for local tax reform during
our hearings on the future of cities,” Brewster said. “Building a bipartisan
coalition of legislators proves this is not a Democrat or Republican issue;
this is a taxpayer’s issue.”
sees school tax elimination as a solution for homeowners who struggle to make
ends meet and an opportunity to improve urban communities.
been making tremendous strides toward building legislative support from every
corner of the state, including the southwest,” Argall said. Argall introduced
similar legislation last session that gained 13 co-sponsors out of the
year, Argall points to the addition of 9 Senate co-sponsors; bringing the total
co-sponsors to 22, including 10 Democrats. Argall credits the grassroots
activists, along with Democrat and Republican elected officials working in a
Bill 76 and its House companion, House Bill 76, were developed by the
Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayers Association, a statewide grassroots
taxpayer organization with over 80 chapters.
and Brewster will soon release with the House Urban Affairs Committee a
committee report detailing the findings from their hearings on the future of
cities, large and small. The joint committee report will highlight suggestions
offered by testifiers at the three hearings in Pittsburgh, York and Reading
held at the beginning of summer. Some suggested school tax reform as an option
to fix budget woes cities are currently facing.