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05 April 2007

Dear Friends,

Whew!

There have been quite a few rapid-fire developments since the last PTCC update. Consequently, this update may be a bit long. I apologize, but please bear with me.

In the last update I told you about three courageous school boards that signed a resolution that condemns Act 1, calls for its repeal, and demands legislation for true property tax reform. These resolutions were sent to the legislature and to the Governor.

As of this writing the count is now TWELVE school boards: Antietam (Berks), Boyertown (Berks/Montgomery), Bristol Township (Bucks), Centennial (Bucks), Central Bucks (Bucks – The largest district in the state subject to Act 1 provisions), Coatesville (Chester), Conrad Weiser (Berks), Governor Mifflin (Berks), Pennsbury (Bucks), South Williamsport (Lycoming), Tunkhannock (Wyoming), Wyomissing (Berks). HOORAY!

In addition, one of the approving school districts’ administrators sent the resolution to all school districts in the state in an effort to have many more boards approve this resolution. I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to her for this thoughtful work.

After the announcement of the eleventh district to approve the resolution, Tony Phyrillas of the Pottstown Mercury had this to say in his blog:

“If your school district isn't on the list, find out why your school board members aren't on your side. This is a good time to get school boards to stand up for you because hundreds of school board members are seeking re-election on May 15.”

Good thoughts, Tony.

Please attend your school board meetings or call a school board member in your district and encourage them to approve this resolution. Act 1 MUST be shown as a fraud from as many sources as possible so that we can convince the Legislature that Act 1 is UNACCEPTABLE!

If you know of any school districts in your area that have approved the resolution, please let me know so we can keep an accurate count. Drop me a line at pataxpayers@gmail.com.

The text of the resolution and other information about it are in the last PTCC update available here.

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Great publicity about the anti-Act 1 movement including one FRONT PAGE!

The Act 1 repeal campaign is picking up steam as it receives increasing publicity in newspapers across the state.

On March 21, an Act 1 piece featuring the PTCC was published on the FRONT PAGE of the Reading Eagle. Click here to read the article. The full text of the address by the PTCC to the Lehigh Valley Agricultural Summit that was mentioned in the article is available here.

And on March 28, the Eagle published this article. Click here.

The Bucks County Intelligencer was active, too. Read their articles here and here (this one has good Q&A).

The Towanda Daily and Sunday Review covered the Act 1 repeal activities of PCTA member Bradford County Concerned Citizens here.

And this story appeared in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. Click here.

Act 1 opposition is building rapidly as more concerned taxpayers and the media become aware of the burden that this fraudulent law imposes on Pennsylvania taxpayers. The Act 1 referendum MUST be defeated at the polls on May 15 and the Legislature MUST begin work on real property tax reform!

If you see negative Act 1 articles in your newspaper, please send the information to pataxpayers@gmail.com.

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Letter writing campaign has great response

The anti-Act 1 letter writing campaign sponsored by the Pottstown Mercury and the Norristown Times Herald is generating some very good letters from concerned taxpayers.

An excellent article in the Mercury about the campaign that mentions the efforts of the PTCC and includes some very pointed taxpayer quotes is here.

It’s not too late to join in this campaign. You can e-mail your Act 1 opposition letters to the Pottstown Mercury at nmarch@pottsmerc.com or to the Norristown Times Herald at shuskey@timesherald.com.

PLEASE join this excellent campaign to repeal the worthless Act 1 property tax “relief” scheme. For more information, the original PTCC Action Item is available here.

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Act 1 tax shift opposition has Harrisburg running scared

An item appeared in the March 23 edition of the Carlisle Sentinel about Pennsylvania Department of State interference in the Act 1 ballot referendum. It relates how the Department has mandated that county election boards ignore school-board-crafted ballot questions and use the state government’s wording instead.

This heavy-handed step by the Department of State is INFURIATING. It emphasizes the fear that is rampant in Harrisburg that the referendum will be defeated and provides further proof that Act 1 is unacceptable to Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Please note that the Department of State is ultimately controlled by Governor Ed Rendell, a promoter of Act 1.

An attorney for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association says state officials are tightly controlling the Act 1 ballot language because they fear the controversial referendum will fail at the polls.

On Monday, March 19, the PSBA issued a newsletter regarding Act 1 ballot language to districts across the state. In the memo by chief counsel Stuart Knade, the PSBA fired at the Department of State, particularly at its direction to county election boards on March 9, to reject referendum questions that deviate from the state-worded model.

For more of this story click here.

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More useless property tax “relief” - the sales tax scam

In his proposed 2007-2008 budget, Governor Rendell has asked for a 1% hike in the state sales tax, increasing it to 7%, to finance “property tax relief”.

A Quinnipiac University poll released on March 28 found that 54% of Pennsylvania voters support this idea. Many of those who were polled obviously have not read the fine print attached to this plan.

In the first year of the sales tax increase, a paltry one-third of the $1.4 Billion of increased revenue will be allocated to property tax relief. In the second year, this increases to about 50%. The approximate projected “relief” for each homeowner will be a miniscule $180. THE REMAINDER WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE GENERAL FUND TO BALANCE INCREASED SPENDING!

Please, Governor Rendell, tell us the whole truth. Do not promote this plan as “property tax relief” when the bulk of the revenue will go elsewhere. If this sales tax increase is needed to balance the budget, say so, and let the taxpayers decide on its value. But do not try to deceive Pennsylvania homeowners again by telling us that this plan will bring us relief. We’ve been fooled far too often by this kind of doubletalk.

I’m not going to comment on the general contents of the budget but only about the proposed hike in the sales tax; I want to retain the PTCC’s integrity and don’t want to get involved in that kind of political debate. I WILL say, however, that the sales tax proposal is just another scam being perpetrated on Pennsylvania taxpayers and must be defeated. Further, an increase in the sales tax now will lessen its viability in the future as an alternative revenue source for true property tax relief: Elimination.

If you agree, please consider submitting an on-line petition asking the Legislature to defeat this proposal. The petition has wording already completed, but you can add comments as you wish. The petition is available here.

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Act 1 Calculators

The Act 1 tax calculator on the PTCC website has seen a huge increase in use over the past four weeks. As a new feature, nineteen custom calculators have been added to reflect exact numbers for specific school districts.

Please check it out here.

This calculator will give you a good idea of your total school tax liability under the provisions of Act 1.

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That’s it for today. Again, please accept my apology for the length of this update. I’ll try to keep it shorter in the future.

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 this effort alive.

Thank you for all of your continuing support.

THE MOMENTUM IS BUILDING!

David Baldinger
PTCC Administrator