Tuesday: Mastriano to Participate in School Property Tax Elimination Workshop

HARRISBURGState Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) will join the Senate Majority Policy Committee at a workshop tomorrow to evaluate potential solutions to eliminate school property taxes.

The workshop, which is open to the public, will be Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. at the Penn State York Pullo Center.

“Constituents have been very clear: school property taxes are their number one concern,” said Mastriano. “It is time for action.”

Mastriano is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, which is authored by Senator David Argall (R-29), Chair of the Majority Policy Committee. The bill aims to eliminate school property taxes for all citizens, and fund education with other state revenues.

Additionally, Mastriano plans to introduce legislation that would eliminate property taxes for senior citizens meeting certain income, residency and age requirements. The proposed bill is being dubbed “Tax Relief for Aging Pennsylvanians.”

According to the Pennsylvania State Data Center, PA ranks fifth among the 50 states with its population age 65-plus (2.2 million) and seventh by percentage (17.8 percent).

“Senior citizens should be able to enjoy their golden years without the fear of being taxed out of their homes,” said Mastriano. “Our senior citizens have already contributed to the Commonwealth’s tax base for decades, but they continue to feel the brunt of this burdensome and skyrocketing tax.”

Mastriano’s legislation would eliminate property taxes imposed by a political subdivision on residents that: are age 65 or older, are a resident of Pennsylvania for 10 years or more, and have an annual household income of $40,000 or less.

For more information on the Senate Majority Policy Committee, visit http://policy.pasenategop.com.

CONTACT: Scot Pitzer (717) 787-4651; spitzer@pasen.gov

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