Yesterday, I received a message from former Octorara Area School Director, John McCartney. He runs the Ches-Lan Anti School Tax Association (CLASTA), the Eastern Lancaster County/Western Chester County area group for the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition. The PTCC serves as a taxpayer advocacy group, and represents a virtual community of thousands of taxpayers from throughout Pennsylvania who are concerned with school property tax and education finance reform.
McCartney, who had represented residents in Region 2 (Sadsbury Township-Lancaster County, and West Fallowfield Township), resigned because of family responsibilities in 2012. Hank Oleyniczak was appointed by the Board to server out the remainder of McCartney’s term.
Mr. McCartney asks everyone to call those Senators who have not signed on as co-sponsors of SB 76. Senators must hear from the voters. Moreover, he points out that the staff answering phone calls may say, “You should call the Senator of the district in which you live,” but that is an incorrect response. When the issue affects not only the constituents in the Senator’s district, but all Pennsylvanians, you have every right to call any and all legislators. Make sure to tell this to the one answering your call.
It’s important, when calling or emailing, make statements that “ring true.” Please, point out that homeowners are not the only ones that will benefit. All property owners will benefit.
In Pennsylvania, 80% of all business owners are “small businesses.” They will also reap the benefits of SB 76. Those business owners may then have more money to expand, rehire workers, and/or hire new employees. SB 76 creates opportunities for both businesses and job seekers. The more tax-friendly Pennsylvania becomes, the larger the tax base. SB 76 provides all these benefits, plus schools will be assured of operating costs… up to a point.
SB 76 puts the school districts on a budget. As it is, districts can simply spend money for whatever, and then increase taxes without any consideration for those who are expected to pay the bill.
All districts will receive 100% funding sufficient to meet all current financial obligations, with a dollar-for-dollar replacement of the eliminated property tax. However, in the future, every district will receive identical percentage annual base funding increases that will be limited to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), effectively limiting annual school budget increases.
If a district desires additional revenue, they will have to present a no-exception ballot referendum to the voters of their district to raise additional revenue, using either an earned income tax or a personal income tax. However, property taxes will not be able to be re-instituted to raise revenue.
Shown below are the Senators who are not yet co-sponsors of SB 76. Also included are e-mail addresses (if available) and their Capitol office phone numbers. John McCartney asks everyone to contact those Senators in our own counties (Lancaster & Chester), then the surrounding counties (Dauphin, Delaware, Montgomery & York). If you are able, it would be most helpful to meet the goal if you would contact the remaining Senators also.
Blake, John firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-6481 Lackawana Corman, Jake 717-787-1377 Perry Costa, Jay email@example.com 717-787-7683 Allegheny Farnese, Larry firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-5662 Philadelphia Gordner, John email@example.com 717-787-8928 Dauphin Greenleaf, Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-6599 Montgomery Hughes, Vincent email@example.com 717-787-7112 Montgomery Hutchinson, Scott 717-787-9684 Erie Kitchen, Shirley firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-6735 Philadelphia Leach, Daylin 717-787-5544 Delaware McIlhinney, Chuck email@example.com 717-787-7305 Montgomery Pileggi, Dominic firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-4712 Chester Robbins, Robert D. 717-787-1322 Butler Scarnati, Joseph email@example.com 717-787-7084 Clearfield Smith, Matt 717-787-5839 Allegheny Stack, Michael firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-9608 Philadelphia Tartaglione, Christine email@example.com 717-787-1141 Philadelphia Teplitz, Rob firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-6801 York Tomlinson, Robert email@example.com 717-787-5072 Bucks Vance, Patricia firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-8524 York Vogel, Elder 717-787-3076 Beaver Vulakovich, Randy 717-787-6538 Butler Washington, LeAnna email@example.com 717-787-1427 Montgomery Williams, Anthony Williams@pasenate.com 717-787-5970 Delaware Yaw, Gene firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-3280 Union
- RealReform76.com (octorarataxes.wordpress.com)
- Poverty is up in southern Chester County schools (parkesburggazette.wordpress.com)
- Berks residents join rally against school property tax (readingeagle.com)