Town Hall Meeting on SB76 Conducted by PAR

A town hall meeting conducted by the PA Association of Realtors on HB/SB 76 (School Property Tax Elimination. Presentation by Chuck Liedike with a question and answer session following. Panel participants included Sen. Mike Folmer, Rep. RoseMarie Swanger, David Baldinger and Jim Rodkey.
Town Hall Meeting on SB76 Conducted by PAR

The Real Faces Behind HB76-SB76 - School Property Tax Elimination

Real Faces behind HB76 & SB76 School Property Tax Elimination in Pennsylvania.
The Real Faces Behind HB76-SB76 - School Property Tax Elimination

Region 5 Choice Hotels of Pennsylvania Support School Property Tax Elimination

Read the bulletin being sent by Joe Gimaro, Director of Region 5 for the Choice Hotels Owners Council.

PA Senate Caucus 12/10/13 on Property Tax Elimination

Joint hearing of the Senate Majority Policy Committee and the Senate Minority Policy Committee to discuss property tax elimination.
PA Senate Caucus 12/10/13 on Property Tax Elimination

New IFO Report on HB/SB76

Link to the report:

Be cautious when reading this report as it can be confusing. Due to the use of projected costs based on uncontrolled spending and unfunded mandates, costs under the current plan skew the results in Table 1.1, which opponents to school property tax elimination will tout.

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the IFO on October 15th. Here are the links to the video/audio of that meeting:

Full hearing video of Senate Finance Meeting:

Excerpt of Senate Finance Committee Meeting:

Argall’s thoughts on the hearing: less

PA Citizens are Hurting-Foreclosures On The Rise

Amazing how legislators always have a reason to do what’s wrong but can never find a reason to do what’s right! There are 373,485 homes in foreclosure, but there is no problem, Any legislator that will not support this bill is discriminating against the retired, disabled and low income families and catering to their lobbyist friends. This is violating our constitution which makes these legislators

Find your county statistics:

The Real Faces of Pennsylvania School Property Taxes

The Real Faces and Stories of the need for School Property Tax Elimination in Pennsylvania.
The Real Faces of Pennsylvania School Property Taxes

PA Association of Realtors Supports HB/SB76

Visit the PAR Website, it has an automated email system for contacting you legislator with prewritten or personalized messages.
The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® is committed to real property tax reform in the Commonwealth.
PAR’s Board of Directors voted to support Senate Bill 76 and House Bill 76 at its Fall Business Meetings in Harrisburg. SB 76 and HB 76 propose to eliminate property taxes dedicated to school districts and replace the funding by raising the personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 4.34 percent and increasing and broadening the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent to include previously untaxed items. Based on an economic impact study conducted by Anderson Economic Group, the bill is nearly revenue neutral. PAR is working with the sponsors of the legislation to address drafting errors. Once corrected, PAR's economist believes the bills will be revenue neutral.
In addition, Keystone Analytics, a wholly owned PAR company, conducted surveys of Pennsylvania voters and determined a majority support property tax reform. Consumers believe property tax reform is important for Pennsylvania.
PAR believes that this reform is important to maintain the real estate industry recovery in the Commonwealth. PAR plans to lead a diverse coalition of home owners, business and industry leaders and professional groups to urge Pennsylvania legislators to pass Senate Bill 76.
Read report.

Supporting Documents

Here are the PSEA "Objections" - and our response:
Education Spending:
PA Education Report Card:
See your district's results(taxes, spending, payroll, achievements)
PCTA video
Senate & House Finance Committee Members
PA Foreclosure by County
Quick Facts
10 Reasons
Extracts from IFO HB1776 report
PA IFO HB1776 Report
Repealing property taxes and replacing
the revenues with a revised sales tax
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE FILINGS IN PENNSYLVANIA: A Study by The Reinvestment Fund for the Pennsylvania Department of Banking
Final Report Task Force on School Cost Reduction
June 2013 Financial Analysis of HB76 & Attachents:

Media Support - Newpapers Addressing HB76

Lebanon Daily News - 2/15/2014 Editorial DFM Pa. Editorial Board

Stan Huskey - Herall Times 2/14/2014 Project Worth Tackling

Lebanon Daily News -Combined call for work on property taxes, school funding- 02/01/2014

York Daily Record Rep. Grove’s property tax plan a bait-and-switch by Liz Roberts

CNN Money;:The other foreclosure crisis: Losing a home over $400 in back taxes

PA Homepage : PA Property Tax Relief Roundtable Discussion in Carbon County

LANCASTER ONLINE - Primping the Property Tax Pig

POTTSTOWN MERCURY: Both sides of property tax debate cite report to back their case

TIMES HERARD - HUSKEY: Pa. senators have a chance to save property tax reform


Reading Eagle: Mary Young: Tax-shift hopes move to Senate:

Pottstown Mercury: Pa. House-passed version of tax reform is a sham:

Pottsville Republican: Lawmakers master art of doing nothing:

Times Herald, by Stan Huskey: Tired of being fooled by lawmakers

Pottstown Mercury: Activists want Harrisburg to get on board for HB 76

Doylestown Intelligencer - Huge crowd turns out for property tax forum:

Pottstown Mercury - Rep. Grove bill passes the buck on school property taxes

Scranton Times-Tribune - Rearranging furniture isn't tax reform

Reading Eagle - Mary Young on HB1189

Delco Times :Taking aim at property taxes by Danielle Lynch

Reading Eagle Recent Articles:
Times Herald Recent Article:


Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Lebanon 9-12 Project, Eyes On Pennsylvania, Berks Tea Party, Daniel Boone Taxpayers, Munroe Taxpayers and individual members of the PCTA all served as an unofficial delegation of support for the School Property Tax Elimination Plans.
The hearing room was stacked to capacity demonstrating a clear support for HB 76 as the Property Tax Plan we support.
Videographer Mario Paveglio of Your Video Editor Productions was on hand to capture the meeting.
The question remains...Did we make a difference?
I would answer that question with a resounding yes. For those who had never attended a hearing before got a taste of the legislative process in action. We heard some of the borderline ridiculous excuses and we heard details of the other plans. Absolutely no one bought Seth Grove’s Bill that claims to keep tax money local. We have seen these types of plans before; instituting a new tax while leaving the property tax in place is just a new tax. Any immediate reduction in property taxation will be eaten up by increases in spending coupled with a new tax which will not solve the problem with property tax, will do nothing to eliminate the feudal rule of government over our properties.
We had a strong enough showing to let the finance committee know that HB 76 is the bill we support and we accept no substitutes. That showing was recognized from members of the finance committee although not everyone was pleased with that showing.
Engagements of this sort are necessary and it demonstrates grassroots activism at its finest. This was not a top down organized efforts but rather individuals who, in a very short period of time, rallied together to do something about legislation that is important to us. Our legislators are not used to this sort of grassroots activism that is purely bottom up.
On the bus it was announced by Eyes On Pennsylvania,, that a meeting will be held to lay out a summer campaign to advance Property Tax Independence. A sign-up sheet for being involved in this was distributed. This will involve three months during the summer to focus on this key issue, target specific legislators in their districts and to get the word out to more citizens, across the State, while getting them involved and engaged in this process.
The fight isn't over. We knew that this hearing was not the end all do all of Property Tax Independence. There will be more to do if we are to win Property Tax Independence. No options have been removed from the table and this summer we will see a spread of the Property Tax Revolution in Pennsylvania as citizen advocates will take to the streets, to the neighborhoods and their legislative districts.
There is more being discussed and planned. Behind all of this is a grassroots effort of concerned citizens who are willing to sacrifice their time, effort and resources to fight for a principle that they believe in. The principle of the Sovereign Individual in their inherent and unalienable right to be Lord over their own property applies.

David Baldinger - School Property Tax elimination HB/SB 76 LegislationProperty Tax Independence Act

David Baldinger explains the key points on HB/SB 76 for the elimination of school property taxes and the benefits to Pennsylvanians.

The prime driver for instituting this legislation from a grassroots level was the PENNSYLVANIA TAXPAYERS CYBER COALITION. Their website is: .
David Baldinger - School Property Tax elimination HB/SB 76 LegislationProperty Tax Independence Act

House & Senate Co-Sponsors List

We need more co-sponsorship. Encourage as many representatives and senators as possible to continue to add their names as cosponsors of the legislation.
As of December 3, 2013 :

SB76, Senate Co-sponsors (26)
Sen. David Argall R-29 (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill) (PRIME SPONSOR)
Sen. Mike Folmer R-48 (Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon) (PRIME SPONSOR)
Sen. Judith Schwank D-11 (Berks) (PRIME SPONSOR)
Sen. John Yudichak D-14 (Carbon, Luzerne, Monroe) (PRIME SPONSOR)
Sen. Richard Alloway R-33 (Adams, Franklin, York)
Sen. Edwin Erickson R-26 (Chester, Delaware)
Sen. Wayne Fontana D-42 (Allegheny)
Sen. Bob Mensch R-24 (Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton)
Sen. Michael Waugh R-28 (York)
Sen. Timothy Solobay D-46 (Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland)
Sen. John Rafferty R-44 (Berks, Chester, Montgomery)
Sen. Lisa Baker R-20 (Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming)
Sen. John Eichelberger R-30 (Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin)
Sen. James Brewster D-45 (Allegheny, Westmoreland)
Sen. Lloyd Smucker R-13 (Lancaster, York)
Sen. Lisa Boscola D-18 (Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton)
Sen. Jim Ferlo D-38 (Allegheny, Armstrong, Westmoreland)
Sen. Kim Ward R-39 (Westmoreland)
Sen.Richard A Kasunic D-32 (Fayette,Somerset,Washington,Westmoreland)
Sen.John N. Wozniak D-35 (Cambria, Centre,Clearfield,Clinton, Somerset)
Sen.Sean Wiley D-49 (Erie)
Sen. Donald C. White R-41 (Armstrong, Butler, Clearfield, Indiana, Westmoreland)
Sen. Patrick M. Browne R-16, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton
Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman D-19, Chester, Montgomery
Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen, D-3, Philadelphia
Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, D-2, Philadelphia

HB76, House Co-sponsors (87)
Rep. Jim Cox R-129 (Berks) (PRIME SPONSOR)
Rep. Ryan Aument R-41 (Lancaster)
Rep. Stephen Barrar R-160 (Chester, Delaware)
Rep. Stephen Bloom R-199 (Cumberland)
Rep. Karen Boback R-117 (Columbia, Luzerne, Wyoming)
Rep. Rosemary Brown R-189 (Monroe)
Rep. Tom Caltagirone D-127 (Berks)
Rep. Jim Christiana R-15 (Beaver)
Rep. Paul Clymer R-145 (Bucks)
Rep. Dom Costa D-21 (Allegheny)
Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver R-108 (Northumberland, Snyder)
Rep. Bryan Cutler R-100 (Lancaster)
Rep. Tina Davis D-141 (Bucks)
Rep. Gordon Denlinger R-99 (Lancaster)
Rep. Garth Everett R-84 (Lycoming)
Rep. Mike Fleck R-81 (Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin)
Rep. John Galloway D-140 (Bucks)
Rep. Marc Gergely D-35 (Allegheny)
Rep. Jaret Gibbons D-10 (Beaver, Butler, Lawrence)
Rep. Mark Gillen R-128 (Berks)
Rep. Keith Gillespie R-47 (York)
Rep. Neal Goodman D-123 (Schuylkill)
Rep. Marcia Hahn R-138 (Northampton)
Rep. C. Adam Harris R-82 (Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder)
Rep. Susan Helm R-104 (Dauphin)
Rep. Tim Hennessey R-26 (Chester)
Rep. David Hickernell R-98 (Dauphin, Lancaster)
Rep. Rob Kauffman R-89 (Cumberland, Franklin)
Rep. Mark Keller R-86 (Franklin, Perry)
Rep. Thomas Killion R-168 (Chester, Delaware)
Rep. Jerry Knowles R-124 (Berks, Schuylkill)
Rep. William Kortz D-38 (Allegheny)
Rep. Timothy Krieger R-57 (Westmoreland)
Rep. John Lawrence R-13 (Chester)
Rep. John Maher R-40 (Allegheny, Washington)
Rep. Tim Mahoney D-51 (Fayette)
Rep. David Maloney R-130 (Berks)
Rep. Robert Matzie D-16 (Allegheny, Beaver)
Rep. Steven Mentzer R-97 (Lancaster)
Rep. Nicholas Micozzie R-163 (Delaware)
Rep. Ron Miller R-93 (York)
Rep. Dan Moul R-91 (Adams, Franklin)
Rep. Gerald Mullery D-119 (Luzerne)
Rep. Mike Reese R-59 (Fayette, Westmoreland)
Rep. Mike Regan R-92 (Cumberland, York)
Rep. Todd Rock R-90 (Franklin)
Rep. Mark Rozzi D-126 (Berks)
Rep. Rick Saccone R-39 (Allegheny, Washington)
Rep. Stan Saylor R-94 (York)
Rep. Mario Scavello R-176 (Monroe)
Rep. Jerry Stern R-80 (Blair)
Rep. RoseMarie Swanger R-102 (Lebanon)
Rep. Will Tallman R-193 (Adams, York)
Rep. Mike Tobash R-125 (Berks, Schuylkill)
Rep. Marcy Toepel R-147 (Montgomery)
Rep. Tarah Toohil R-116 (Luzerne)
Rep. Dan Truitt R-156 (Chester)
Rep. Mike Vereb R-150 (Montgomery)
Rep. Nicholas Miccarelli R-162 (Delaware)
Rep. Gary Day R-187 (Berks, Lehigh)
Rep. Mark Painter D-146 (Montgomery)
Rep. Margo L. Davidson D-164 (Delaware)
Rep Michael P. McGeehan D- 173 (Philadelphia)
Rep. Mindy Fee R-37 (Lancaster)
Rep Ryan A. Bizzarro D-3 (Erie)
Rep Florindo J. Fabrizio D-2 (Erie)
Rep. Marty Flynn D-113 (Lackawanna)
Rep. Gary Haluska D-73 (Cambria)
Rep. Patrick J. Harkins D-01 (Erie)
Rep. Daniel T. McNeill, D-133 (Lehigh,Northampton)
Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114 (Lackawanna,Luzerne,Susquehanna,Wyoming)
Rep. Mike Carroll, D-118 (Luzerne, Monroe)
Rep. Dave Reed, R-62 (Indiana)
Rep.Scott Conklin, D-77 (Centre)
Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159 (Delaware)
Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-198 (Philadelphia)
Rep. Deberah Kula, D-52 (Fayette,Westmoreland)
Rep. Bryan Barbin D-71 (Cambria)
Rep. Ron Marsico, R-105 (Dauphin)
Rep. Kurt A. Masser, R-107 (Columbia, Montour, Northumberland)
Rep. Gregory S. Lucas, R-05 (Crawford, Erie)
Rep. Joseph T. Hackett, R-161 (Delaware)
Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122 (Carbon)
Rep. Justin J. Simmons, R-131 (Lehigh, Northampton)
Rep. Robert W. Godshall, R-53 (Montgomery)
Rep. Brian L. Ellis, R-11 (Butler)

If your Senator or Representative is listed above, please contact their office and thank them for their support. If your Senator or Representative is not listed, please contact them to encourage them to sign onto the bill.

Please contact as many people as you can call, write or e-mail the lawmakers in your district to request his co-sponsorship of this legislation. Be courteous, respectful and non-threatening but also be firm. If you can, personalize your request, let them know that their support of this legislation is important. You can also find information on how to find your representatives and or senators at:
Finally, if you want to read the bill and see the daily updates, here are the senate and house pages out of Harrisburg.

How It Affects Us

The elimination of Pennsylvania's school property tax has been a prevalent and concerning issue to many property owners. With the annual increases of the tax, many retirees on fixed incomes, and low/moderate family income earners are no longer able to keep up with the escalating demands by school districts for more money. Last year 44,732 homes went into foreclosure, bringing the total of properties in foreclosure to 323,172. Pennsylvania's latest banking report from 2005, states PA was 9th, nationally, in 2003 for prime loan foreclosures and 4th in sub-prime loans. AARP reports, as of July, 2012, delinquency in payments from seniors has jumped 450% in the last five (5) years.
The Constitution grants us the right to own property and the government's responsibility is to protect that right. No where does it give government the authority to take it from us. Foreclosure and seizure of property for delinquent taxes is a violation, and this law should be abolished.

Daniel Boone Taxpayer Activists

The Daniel Boone Taxpayer Activists has posted a letter on their website entitled "Free Us From Unsustainable School Property Taxation!" Here’s a message from Dave Pool of the DBTA:

“It asks the Governor and the House and Senate Leadership to get HB 76 and SB 76 to the floor of the respective chambers for debate and vote! It is the simplest form ever designed -- all you need to do is fill in the information that is required for your request to be taken seriously and hit the "Submit" button at the end of the form to send it to all Harrisburg leadership. Please take the less-than-a-minute it can take to read and send this form now and forward this message to your members and encourage everyone you know to do the same! It may be the single, best way we have to let our government know we mean business every bit as much as the powerful special interests working against property tax elimination / replacement!”

Here’s the link:

This message and link to the letter has been widely posted on Facebook.

Rep. Maloney Letter to Gov. Corbett

Rep. Maloney urges Gov. Corbett to take a leadership position on the School Property Tax Elimination - HB76/SB76