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Personal Property Tax Independence Act Tax Calculator
Excel calculator to see your tax savings under the provisions ofThe Property Tax Independence Act. Now includes calculations for Philadelphia property tax reduction!

The Property Tax Independence Act Petitions
Sign an individual petition to demonstrate your approval of the The Property Tax Independence Act or distribute a multi-signature petition to really gather support! Print extra copies for your friends, family, and neighbors so they can help, too! Download the petitions as PDF files here.

Why school property taxes need to be eliminated!
Two excellent essays on the fallacy of property taxes for education funding.

 

2010 Property tax "relief" from gambling revenues

On May 1, 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education website posted a chart of estimated slots-funded individual school property tax reductions for Pennsylvania homeowners in 2009. Depending on your school district, your reduction will be between $45 and $632; the average is $194. For almost all school districts this is LESS than you received last year. Results for some counties are not yet available because homestead data has not been received from those counties. The charts will be updated when additional information becomes available. The chart is here as an Acrobat (PDF) file or here as an Excel spreadsheet.

Again, this is only an estimate. Each school district will determine the actual amount of property tax relief for each homestead and farmstead after it determines its 2009-2010 real estate tax rate. In many cases your “relief” will be less than your increase in school property tax this year and will be nowhere near the 10% reduction touted by the state.

Further information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education is here.

Please note that:

- You will not receive the reduction if you have not applied for the homestead exemption.
- Every homeowner in each school district receives the same amount of relief.
- You will not receive a check for this relief; it will be deducted from your school property tax bill.

To compare this year's estimated relief with the estimate for last year, the 2009 results are here as a PDF file.

These rebates are just more propaganda to allow the politicians to brag about the “historic” relief that they’ve so generously given to us and fall far short of the promised "huge" property tax relief.

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