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PTCC Archive


21 October 2006

Dear Friends,

Since there has not been much activity during the past few months, it’s been quite a while since the PTCC has issued a comprehensive update. In this issue I’ll try to cover the property tax elimination activities since the last letter and suggest action items for the upcoming election.

Despite your efforts, those of the PCTA (our statewide group), and the hard work of the bill’s sponsors, the Plan for Pennsylvania’s Future (HB2929) will not reach the House floor before the November 7 election. While this is somewhat disappointing, the battle is not yet over and our endeavor still has much momentum.

Our next undertaking is to try to have candidates elected in November who are sympathetic toward our goal and who will support our demand for school property tax elimination. We want to be positioned for positive action when the new Legislature convenes in January and HB2929 is re-introduced.

Like many of us, I have always had a passing interest in politics but have never been as deeply involved in an issue before as I am in this one. In my naiveté about the workings of politics I have always assumed that there were back-room deals and shady compromises that were needed to serve the interests of the people. But my deep involvement in the tax elimination issue has turned out to be a real eye-opener.

I have found that the machinations of many of our Legislators in Harrisburg and the deals that are struck by them are not just simply shady, but are disgusting, revoltingly sleazy, self-serving schemes that do not work in any way for the interests of their constituents but, rather, serve to further the interests of the politicians themselves. The voters, in their innocent and trusting fashion, continue to re-elect these slimy megalomaniacs even as they continue to use the voters’ faith in them to further their own interests.

It is time that we send a powerful message to the politicians demanding that they work for our interests rather than allowing them to continue to use our trust to advance their own agendas.

For me, November 7 has become a one-issue state election: School property tax elimination. I will work for and vote for those candidates who support this issue and will work even harder at defeating those who obstruct true property tax reform and disregard the welfare and wishes of Pennsylvania taxpayers.

For this election, I am asking you to do the same. Please be truly non-partisan and forget party affiliation – this problem affects all political parties and none are innocent. Please vote for those candidates, regardless of party, who commit to school property tax elimination and who will work for YOUR interests. I know that this is difficult for those of you who are straight-ticket voters, but there is no other way to impress upon these politicians that we are tired of their scummy tactics and self-serving deals and that we demand that they do what is right for the people that they represent.

I have supplied information on the issues and encourage you to use that information to help you make your choices when going to the polls. Attached to this e-mail is a PDF document (Click here to open) that will give you with information about House of Representatives members’ decisions regarding school property tax reform.

In September 2006 all members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were sent an e-mail that asked one question: Will you commit to co-sponsoring the Plan For Pennsylvania’s Future as requested by Representatives Denlinger, Quigley, Rohrer, and Yewcic? The Representatives’ responses are listed on the first page of the document.

In June, 2006, the House voted on the Commonwealth Caucus Plan, the school property tax elimination legislation that has since been renamed the Plan for Pennsylvania’s Future and reintroduced as a single bill. Page two of the PDF document lists the names of those Representatives who voted FOR the legislation. These are Legislators who support school property tax elimination.

Also in June 2006 the House passed Act 1, the bogus property tax relief bill that was signed into law by Governor Rendell. The local school district tax commission members who have begun work on implementing the provisions of Act 1 are discovering that not only does this law not adequately provide the tax relief that was promised, it actually INCREASES the tax burden for most taxpayers. More information on Act 1 is available on the PTCC website by clicking here. Page three of the PDF document lists those representatives who voted AGAINST enactment of Act 1.

The information in the PDF document is only about incumbent Representatives; in some districts, either because of retirements or losses in the May primaries, there may not be an incumbent on the ballot. If this is the situation in your district, please contact your candidates and ask them if they support school property tax ELIMINATION, specifically through the enactment of the Plan for Pennsylvania’s Future.

Please use all of the supplied information to make an informed choice when you go to the polls on November 7.

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NEW PCTA MEMBER! The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Alliances now has 23 member groups! The latest organization to join in our effort is the Scranton & Lackawanna County Taxpayers’ and Citizens’ Association Inc. Welcome to our new members and supporters! We’re pleased to see that the momentum for true property tax reform is continuing to build.

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PETITIONS NEEDED! If you haven’t yet sent an individual Plan for Pennsylvania’s Future petition to Representative Sam Rohrer, please do so now. The response to our last request for these petitions has been overwhelming - Representative Rohrer has collected hundreds of them from taxpayers across the state and more will definitely help the cause. You can download the petition by clicking here; please send one in and print lots of copies to give to your family, friends, and neighbors.

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NEW ON THE PTCC WEBSITE: A list of frequently asked questions about the Plan for Pennsylvania’s Future. This page has a bounty of useful information about the plan and addresses many of the objections that opposition Legislators are using to fight the enactment of this bill. Click here to read it.

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ON THE RADIO. On September 14, Rick Ritter of the Coatesville Taxpayers Alliance and I were guests on the Mike Faust talk show on WEEU, Reading. Originally scheduled for one hour, our appearance was extended to the full three hours of the show because of tremendous call-in participation and listener interest. It was a great show with a lot of supportive calls, and helped boost the PTCC membership by almost 100 concerned citizens. Here’s a big welcome to our new subscribers! The show helped to prove that Pennsylvania taxpayers want school property tax elimination NOW!

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THE PFPF CALCULATOR. If you haven’t yet tried the Plan for Pennsylvania’s Future calculator, please go to the PTCC website and give it a test drive. You’ll be amazed at how this legislation will affect your total school tax bill. The PFPF calculator is located here.

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EVERYONE, PLEASE HELP! I know that most of you are avid supporters of the school property tax elimination movement and are expending a lot of energy in helping to promote our goal. Your assistance is greatly appreciated! For those of you who have not taken a very active part in our activities, PLEASE get involved! Every voice is important if we are to achieve true property tax reform for all Pennsylvanians and equitable school funding for our children.

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That’s it for today.

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.

Thank you for all of your continuing support.

David Baldinger