House Finance Committee Approves Property Tax Legislation, Grove Says
HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee this week approved legislation which would reform Pennsylvania’s school property tax system, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said. Language found in House Bill 1189, authored by Grove, was amended into Senate Bill 491.

“The bill would give school districts across the Commonwealth the option to reduce or eliminate school property taxes and to replace them with another tax,” Grove said. “A one-size-fits-all fix won’t work in Pennsylvania. This legislation gives school districts to ability to do what works for their local communities.”

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 school property taxes.

The legislation was passed by the House in October of last year, but the Senate had not taken action on the bill.

“The bill received quite a bit of support in the House, but for some reason, stalled in the Senate,” Grove said. “I hope this action fast-tracks the legislation and that it is able to make it to the governor’s desk for his signature.”

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Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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