For the past month, I've been running a list of Pennsylvania House members who have co-sponsored House Bill 1275, the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007.
I've also run a list of Southeastern Pennsylvania legislators who have not signed on as co-sponsors of HB 1275 despite promises to their constituents that they would make property tax reform a priority in Harrisburg.
It's easy to get lost on a list of several dozen lawmakers who are hiding under their desks when it comes to property tax relief. So this week, I will focus on individual lawmakers have have turned their backs on constituents.
A good example is Rep. David R. Kessler, D-130th Dist., who won the seat held for 20 years by Republican Dennis Leh by promising residents of Eastern Berks County that he would go to Harrisburg to fight for tax relief.
Kessler abandoned his promise the moment he got to the state Capitol. He sold out to corrupt leadership and has been one of the biggest disappointments so far in the freshman class of 2006.
If you're a member of the Daniel Boone Taxpayers Association or the Oley Concerned Citizens, or live in the following Berks County communities -- Amity, Colebrookdale, Douglass, Earl, Exeter (Districts 01, 03, 06 and 07), Oley, Pike, Rockland, Ruscombmanor and Union, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Fleetwood -- the No. 1 priority in 2008 should be to replace David Kessler with someone who will stand with taxpayers, not stab them in the back.