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1 March 2007

Dear Friends,

First, I’d like to offer a sincere THANK YOU to all of you who responded to the last Action Item by writing an Act 1 opposition letter for “Operation Tax Scam” that is being supported by the Pottstown Mercury and other newspapers.

When fighting for governmental reform more support is always better, so if you haven’t sent a letter for this campaign, PLEASE do so now. For more information, the original Action Item is available here.

You can send your letter to the address given in the Action Item or e-mail it to the editor of the Mercury at nmarch@pottsmerc.com.

Please respond to this request by the Mercury and the PTCC now. Your help will be greatly appreciated and will be a tremendous aid in our effort to reform Pennsylvania school taxation.

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Pennsylvania School Boards Speak Out Against Act 1

With the May 15 primary election approaching, the PTCC and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations will be working to defeat the election ballot’s Act 1 tax shift referendum in as many Pennsylvania school districts as possible.

The worthless Act 1 tax shift scheme will impose an earned income tax (EIT) or a personal income tax (PIT) in exchange for a reduction in property taxes. This shift, if implemented in your district, will potentially benefit a very small subset of the population while imposing an even greater total school tax burden on the majority of homeowners. I touched on this in the last update and will have more on this in an upcoming newsletter. We MUST defeat this referendum to send a definitive message to the legislature that Act 1 is unacceptable!

A few Pennsylvania school districts have helped to send the message by adopting a resolution that forcefully tells the legislature that Act 1 must be repealed. As of this writing, Central Bucks in Bucks County, Conrad Weiser in Berks County, Pennsbury in Bucks County, Governor Mifflin in Berks County, Coatesville in Chester County, Bristol Township in Bucks County, and Centennial in Bucks County have approved this resolution.

Tony Phyrillas, City Editor and columnist for the Pottstown Mercury, had this compliment for the Governor Mifflin board in his blog: “I applaud the members of the Governor Mifflin School Board for their courageous act and urge school boards across Pennsylvania to stand up for taxpayers in their districts.”

Thank you, Tony!

The resolution is copied below.

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RESOLUTION URGING REPEAL OF ACT I
AND ENACTMENT OF TRUE PROPERTY TAX REFORM

FEBRUARY, 2007

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Legislature is unable to carry out its Constitutional responsibilities and is crippling school districts and property owners through its inaction on property tax reform, and

WHEREAS, Act 1 does not provide property tax reform and

WHEREAS, the disproportionate rebates that may become available under Act 1 are distributed in a discriminatory manner by favoring property owners with low school property tax bills and are not distributed equitably within or among school districts, and in fact favor major cities over the balance of the state, and

WHEREAS, the shift to a higher local earned income tax under Act 1 in exchange for an offsetting reduction in property tax is not tax reform and does not solve inequitable funding across all school districts, and

WHEREAS, stressed school districts that have insufficient assessed value to support education also lack a sufficient earned income tax base, rendering the shift to local earned income tax useless in solving funding inequities, and

WHEREAS, Act 1 exacerbates funding inequities, as any rebates that may become available, plus a shift in local income tax, if approved, result in the greatest reductions provided to school districts whereby the tax burden is the least and the smallest reductions provided to districts where the tax burden is the greatest.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, that the (school district) Board of School Directors, STRONGLY URGES that the Legislature immediately repeal Act 1, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the undersigned (school district) School Directors STRONGLY URGE the Legislature to IMMEDIATELY begin working on true property tax reform.

(Signatories below)

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The PTCC and the PCTA are attempting to have as many school districts as possible approve this resolution but, with 501 school districts in the state, it’s a huge task. If you would like to help by presenting this resolution to your school board and urging them to adopt it, it is available as an MS Word document here. A script for a short presentation to your school board in support of the resolution is here. If you use this script, you’ll need to fill in a blank with the amount of “relief” residents in your district will receive from gambling revenues. An Excel spreadsheet with the amount for each school district is available here. If you have any questions or need any help, please write to me.

Even if you don’t use the script and spreadsheet, please take a look at them anyway – they’re very informative.

If you present this resolution to your school board, please let me know the results so the PCTA can keep a tally of how many boards have adopted the resolution. Please send an e-mail with the information to pataxpayers@gmail.com.

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That’s it for today.

In the next update I’ll have more comments and facts about the May referendum and about the Governor’s proposed 1% sales tax increase that will purportedly finance property tax “relief”.

I want to thank all PTCC subscribers for your continuing support of the property tax elimination issue. Together we will succeed in achieving fairness for all Pennsylvania taxpayers!

As usual, your comments, concerns, and suggestions are always invited. Just send an E-mail to pataxpayers@gmail.com and we’ll give you a prompt response. And please don’t forget to spread the word to your friends, family, and acquaintances! We need all the help we can get to keep the momentum alive.

David Baldinger
PTCC Administrator