Monday, January 14, 2008

Jumping through hoops for property tax relief

The three-ring circus is about to come to town. The ringmaster is none other than our very own Gov. Ed Rendell.

If you've been waiting patiently for the tax relief Gov. Rendell promised in 2004 when he signed the bill bringing 51,000 slot machines to Pennsylvania, here's some more bad news.

According to the Morning Call, taxpayers will have to jump through hoops this fall when the tax cuts are going to start taking place. In some cases, it may take another year before homeowners get the promised tax relief, which could be as low as $150 or $200.

How much more have you paid in property taxes since 2004? Will that $200 in 2008 or 2009 cover the increase? What about the property tax increases most Pennsylvania school districts are planning this year?

Read the full story by reporter Christina Gostomski, "Getting timely tax cut could take some work" at the Morning Call's Web site.

The only solution to the property tax mess is the elimination of school property taxes. Don't accept a watered-down tax shift from the Democrats who control the state House.

Get behind House Bill 1275, the School Property Tax Elimination Act of 2007. Demand that you lawmaker vote yes on HB 1275 or you will vote "NO" on them in the April 22 primary election.

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