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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Property Tax Independence Act is Needed Now, Says Everett
3/18/2013

HARRISBURG – The drive to eliminate the school property tax in Pennsylvania has been revived with the introduction of House Bill 76, supported and co-sponsored by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming). 

“This is a well-thought-out plan to finally allow for a long overdue revamping of how we fund education in the Commonwealth,” said Everett. “I campaigned on this issue in my first election in 2005 and this is still a major issue that I hear from my constituents about, and this is the right plan, coming at the right time. We need to give our homeowners a sense of comfort that they will not lose their homes due to the ongoing and outdated school property tax.” 

The bill would eliminate the school property tax in exchange for a small hike in the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, and raising the Personal Income Tax from 3.07 percent to 4.34 percent. In addition, a portion of gaming revenue and the closing of loopholes in the sales tax will add to the total financial package to fund school districts in Pennsylvania. 

Everett said this bill, combined with companion legislation in the Senate, presents the best chance of success on the issue in a long time. 

“I have been working with my colleagues on this issue for seven years now, and I believe we now have the blueprint in which to accomplish this worthy goal,” said Everett. “The time for action is now. Our property taxpayers have been shouldering a severe burden for far too long, and they have told us many times to fix the system. We must act and act now.” 

House Bill 76 has been referred to the House Finance Committee. 

Representative Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Raymond Smith
717.705.1834
rsmith@pahousegop.com
RepEverett.com
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