Friday, March 30, 2007

11 districts call for repeal of Act 1

The count is up to 11.

So far, 11 of the state's 501 school districts have gone on record opposing the Act 1 tax shuffle passed by the Legislature last year and signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell.

The latest school boards to take a stand on behalf of taxpayers are in the Wyomissing School District in Berks County and the Tunkhannock Area School District in Wyoming County.

Berks County is leading the taxpayer revolt, followed closely by Bucks County.

Five school districts in Berks (Antietam, Boyertown, Conrad Weiser, Governor Mifflin and Wyomissing) and four districts in Bucks (Central Bucks, Pennsbury, Centennial and Bristol Township) have passed resolutions opposing Act 1. The Coatesville School District in Chester County also adopted the resolution. And the Tunkhannock School District in Wyoming County is on record against Act 1.

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.

Act 1 is a tax shift scheme that Rendell and the Legislature cooked up last year to destract voters until after the November 2006 elections. With Rendell and the majority of incumbent legislators re-elected, property tax relief is no longer a priority in Harrisburg.

You can learn more about the flaws in Act 1 and see a copy of the resolution by going to the Web site set up by the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition.

The group's Web site is

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