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PTCC Archive


5 July 2006

Dear Friends,

Hello! I hope that all of you had a nice Independence Day holiday.

I’m pleased to report that this PTCC list has grown by almost fifty subscribers during the past week. Welcome to all new concerned taxpayers!

The statewide alliance now has 18 member groups. The list is here.

Other notes from the alliance:

- The alliance’s first press release that was issued on June 19 has had, as of this morning, just over 92 THOUSAND reads on its PRNewswire posting!

- The alliance has scheduled a face-to-face strategy planning session with representatives from all member groups later this month. I’ll keep you informed of the outcome.

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There’s been a lot of interesting news during the past week – so much, in fact, that I don’t quite know where to start. Let’s try public outrage…

The school tax bills have been mailed and, after seeing this year’s increase, Pennsylvania taxpayers are mad as hell! To add insult to injury, the new state budget greatly increases school funding; school board members from across the state who have been contacted by the alliance over the past few days adamantly refuse to re-open their budgets to rescind tax increases even though, in many cases, the increases are no longer necessary. The Harrisburg Patriot-News story is here.

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WARNING! This next item will REALLY tee you off! Here, from the official Pennsylvania Property Tax Relief website, is a copy of their spreadsheet that will tell you exactly how much property tax “relief” you can expect from casino revenues. It has three columns: $400M, $750M, and $1B in slots revenue. Keep two things in mind: You have to add $200M to each column to allow for the $200M that must be repaid to the lottery fund BEFORE the “relief” kicks in, and that significant slots revenue is not expected before 2009. How much will your property taxes increase by then?

At $400M my “relief” is $61 to apply against a $3700 school tax bill. How did you do?

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There was a semi-hopeful item in the Reading Eagle on Sunday (7/2). On Saturday, Rep. Dennis Leh introduced a bill in the House that would place on the November ballot a non-binding referendum that would allow taxpayers to vote on the use of sales taxes to help finance public education. Leh said he felt that such a referendum would send a clear message to lawmakers on whether or not voters favor property tax elimination. The bill was approved by the House Finance Committee and was sent on for consideration by the full House. Everyone’s favorite Senator, David Brightbill, immediately had an excuse for opposing this and has refused to consider the proposal if it reaches the Senate. I am particularly irritated by the amazing hubris exhibited in this quote from David J. Steil, a Bucks County Representative who opposed the measure: “We (the Legislature) ought to make these decisions and not allow a popularity contest to make the decisions for us.” Excuse me, but isn't this what representative democracy is all about? Heaven forbid the taxpayers should have a voice in how education is funded!

Most of the information above is paraphrased from the printed article. I originally had a link to the piece here, but the link no longer works and I cannot copy the article because of copyright issues.

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Finally, we have some ideas from alliance members.

Simon Campbell, President of stopteacherstrikes.org, a member of the alliance, had this suggestion:

In addition to trying to convince the current crop of legislators to pass real property tax relief – something that they have not shown the courage to do – make it a priority to get rid of those who impede tax reform. Determine, by their voting record, all legislators who acted against the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania and consign them to a “hit list”. Those on the list would be the targets of a concerted campaign to have them defeated in November.

Simon thinks that because of the current political climate in Pennsylvania there will never be a better opportunity to be ruthless in the effort to unseat those who are interested only in their own political well-being. He feels that if this opportunity is missed it will be very difficult to accomplish property tax reform in the future if the same group of legislators is in office next January. Simon emphasizes that it’s time to launch another “citizen revolt” like the one in May!

Information about Simon's organization can be found here.

Jackie Blumenstock, Co-chairperson of the Daniel Boone Taxpayers Association, a member of the alliance, had this idea that she sent to her group:

“I think we need to take advantage of our increased taxes this season.

I would like to ask all of our members to mail a copy of their tax bills to Ed Rendell's office with a "THANKS FOR NOTHING" notation and you should indicate your tax dollar increase from last year!”

Governor Edward G. Rendell's Office
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120

What a great idea! I’ve already done this – please consider sending your bill as well. A few hundred of these landing in the Governor’s mailbox should help to get his attention!

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As usual, please send any comments or suggestions to this list address. I’ll act on them as quickly as possible and, with your permission, I’ll be happy to publish them in an upcoming issue.

If you have friends or relatives who are concerned about property tax reform in Pennsylvania, please urge them to aid in this effort by sending an E-mail to join this list: pataxpayers@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continuing support.

David Baldinger


“A little rebellion now and then...is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.” - Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)