PA School Business Officials Support Grove’s Property Tax Plan
HARRISBURG – Recognizing the need to adjust and improve the way Pennsylvania’s public school districts are funded, the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) announced its support for House Bill 1189, a property tax reform plan authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover).

“School business offices know better than anyone the financial struggles our districts are facing,” Grove said. “PASBO sees how my optional property tax elimination act provides options for expanding the tax base so our schools can be adequately funded without unfairly burdening any area of the tax base to pay for public education.”

As part of PASBO’s annual conference, the organization announced its 2014-15 policy priorities, one of which is property tax reform. In its policy priorities PASBO states, “PASBO supports proposals (such as House Bill 1189) that provide school districts with needed flexibility to diversify and expand their current tax base in response to the specific needs and make up of their districts. PASBO also supports the provision of additional discretionary options at the local level to allow school districts to reduce the property tax burden while maintaining an adequate revenue stream to meet their school funding needs.”

House Bill 1189 puts the power of school funding the hands of individual school districts by using an elimination tax. Expanding the usable tax base to include 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. The bill passed the state House in the fall of 2013, and awaits action by the state Senate.

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Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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