Tackling property tax relief on Pa. lawmakers’ minds again; work group formed to find a solution

Jan Murphy | Thursday, August 8, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are making overtures once again about attempting to address the intractable issue of school property tax relief this fall.

A bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers along with administration officials are meeting behind closed doors later today to informally discuss possible pathways to lead to a new way to fund public schools.

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Property tax likely here to stay in Pa. Here’s why

Laura McCrystal | Sunday, November 19, 2017, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The earliest known property tax records were kept on clay tablets.

Now some Pennsylvania lawmakers and grassroots groups — along with a majority of voters who approved a constitutional amendment on Election Day — want to go against about 8,000 years of history and eliminate a tax that today is a primary means of paying for schools and local government.

But if history is any indication, property taxes are here to stay in Pennsylvania.

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