House Approves Grove’s Historic Property Tax Reform Plan
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvanians are one step closer to true property tax relief. The House of Representatives passed House Bill 1189 authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), also known as the Optional Property Tax Elimination Act. If the bill becomes law local school districts would be granted the power to completely eliminate their residents’ property taxes.

“House Bill 1189 provides a multitude of options for school districts to deal with their property taxes,” Grove said. “In areas where the local populace is demanding elimination – it eliminates. In areas where the local populace wants reductions – it reduces. In areas that want to be left alone – it allows them to keep the status quo. This flexibility is why House Bill 1189 will be successful. It does not mandate a one-size-fits-all fix. It allows local communities to choose their tax base.

The legislation puts the power in the hands of individual school districts by using an elimination tax. It would consist of an Earned Income Tax, Business Privilege Tax, and Mercantile Tax, or any combination of those to eliminate or reduce property tax. This allows local districts to find the tax package that best fits the needs of their residents and schools.

House Bill 1189 is the first part of a four-bill package to allow for the elimination of property taxes. The remaining three bills are expected to face third and final consideration when the House resumes session on Oct. 15.

To date, no state in the country has found a way to completely eliminate property taxes. House Bill 1189 paves a way for Pennsylvania to do just that. The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
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