property-taxes

Which Pa. counties have the lowest tax burden? | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 27, 2020

Using the national median household income, coupled with relevant deductions and exemptions, SmartAsset was able to identify which of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have the lowest tax burden, and which have the highest. 

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A western Pa. lawmaker has a plan to fix property taxes. Will the Legislature act on it? | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - March 3, 2020

Everyone agrees that Pennsylvanians pay too much in school property taxes. But no one's ever been able to reach agreement on what to do about it.

How seniors’ sweet tax breaks have become a target for cash-conscious lawmakers | Analysis

BY: - January 21, 2020

In most states, including Pa., seniors pay less income tax than younger people. Is that fair?One state lawmaker is looking at taxing retirement income.

COMMENTARY

It’s long past time to fix Pa.’s property assessment/appeals mess | Colin McNickle

BY: - January 19, 2020

Pennsylvania’s public policy makers have failed their charge to come up with an assessment system that is transparent and equitable to the taxpayers.

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What to do about those modern Scrooges who don’t want to pay their fair share for public schools? | Opinion

BY: - December 25, 2019

Hearing from these anti-school tax folks is like getting a visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future all at once.

Pennsylvania’s property tax, explained: A moral wrong, or the building block of government finance? 

BY: - September 6, 2019

When he started knocking on doors during his inaugural campaign for state representative in 1992, Sam Rohrer noticed a topic popping up again and again — property taxes. He was aware of complaints, but the extent of the problem became more and more apparent as he talked to his soon-to-be constituents in Berks County. Rohrer, […]

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So that’s what it takes to get a little property tax relief | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - August 24, 2019

Spoiler: It's going to require a road trip unless, or until, the Legislature finally acts.

A Republican lawmaker wants to eliminate Pa.’s property tax by targeting retirement income. Will his bill gain traction this session? 

BY: - August 20, 2019

A bill from Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, would also increase income and sales taxes to replace the estimated $15 billion that state property owners currently pay.

Property tax elimination hearing draws big crowd, but agreement still scarce

BY: - August 13, 2019

YORK, Pa. — To Jim Rodkey, property taxes are serfdom. “I am here today because I believe the property tax to be the most morally irresponsible, regressive, and unfair system of taxation in existence,” Rodkey, the head of the Pennsylvania Property Rights Association, a nonprofit group opposed to property taxes, said Tuesday. “Regardless of the […]

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A new bill, a new legislative session. But the math of property tax reform remains as daunting as ever | Analysis

BY: - March 20, 2019

Math is hard. Property tax reform math is even harder.