Grove’s Bill to Provide Voters a Voice on Above-Index Property Tax Increases Clears Committee

The House Finance Committee today approved legislation authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) that would remove all exceptions specified in Special Session Act 1 of 2006, which allows school districts to increase property taxes above the state-set index without seeking voter approval.  Grove released the following statement regarding the approval of the bill: 

“House Bill 1326 is about holding school districts accountable for the financial choices they make.  The number-one complaint I get from my constituents is increasing property taxes.  Act 1 was written to protect property owners from large property tax increases year after year, but the exceptions allowed to school districts in the act permit them to bypass the voter referendum by shifting expenditures.  My legislation will restore the original spirit of Act 1. 

“I was pleased to see the bill pass out of committee without amendment.  I support public schools, and I want to see Pennsylvania’s children receive the best education possible, but the era of including all the bells and whistles is over.  It is time for schools to get back to the basics and focus on educating students.  Our taxpayers can no longer afford the unsustainable expenses.” 

House Bill 1326 will now go before the full House for consideration. 

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at or

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

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