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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

An Opportunity to Vote on the Property Tax Issue
11/3/2017
By Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) 84th Legislative District
Property taxes are consistently among the top issues residents of the 84th Legislative District reach out to me about. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania voters will have an opportunity to cast their vote for an important ballot question which will allow us to move towards real property tax reform for homeowners – I encourage you to vote “yes”.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Constitution permits taxing authorities – counties, municipalities and school districts – to exclude up to 50 percent of the assessed value of an owner-occupied home, also known as a homestead, from a homeowner’s tax bill. However, if the referendum on the ballot passes, the maximum exclusion taxing authorities can grant will be increased to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property.

To say it another way, if approved, this would allow local taxing authorities to offer not only a reduction in a homeowner's property tax, but to actually eliminate local property taxes on homesteads.

Pennsylvania's property tax system is outdated. It dates back medieval times when land ownership equated to personal wealth. We all know that is no longer necessarily the case. However, this archaic system serves as the backbone of funding our local municipal and school district operations.

Property taxes have a crippling effect on our seniors and other homeowners who are trying to keep their homes in the face of ever-increasing taxes. Not only that, it hurts the potential for young people to buy their own homes and begin to raise their families.
As someone who has advocated for property tax reform since I went to Harrisburg a decade ago, I am pleased to see this opportunity for the citizens of Pennsylvania to take a vote on this issue.

It is long past time we modernized and improved our system of taxation – this change to our state constitution will open the door to the changes we need to implement.
If voters approve this ballot question, the General Assembly will need to pass legislation that permits local governments to eliminate property taxes on homesteads. In addition, it will be up to state government, working in partnership with local taxing authorities, to determine how best to fund the increased homestead exemption and to provide for other funding mechanisms to replace property taxes.

While all agree that this referendum is not the entire solution to property taxes, I believe that it is a large and necessary step forward in the process to provide meaningful property tax relief for Pennsylvania homeowners. It is for that reason that I ask you to vote in support of this ballot question on Tuesday, November 7.

Rep. Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(570) 546-2084
(717) 787-5270
Contact: Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
(717) 7051834
Member Site: RepEverett.com
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com

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