Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Third newspaper backs elimination of property taxes

Following in the footsteps of The Mercury in Pottstown and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, the Reading Eagle has called for the elimination of property taxes in Pennsylvania.

While the three newspapers differ on the best way to accomplish the goal, all three have run editorials recently saying the elimination of property taxes must be a priority for the state Legislature.

The Mercury supports House Bill 1275, which would eliminate property taxes in favor of an expanded sales tax.

The Patriot-News recommends a higher state income tax rate to replace property taxes.

The Reading Eagle supports a plan by state Sen. Michael O'Pake, D-Berks, to raise the state income taxes on a graduated basis starting with people who earn $100,000 or more.

The merits of each plan should be debated in the Legislature instead of the half-measures introduced by House Democrats (House Bill 1600 chief among them). The current plans would temporarily reduce property taxes while permanently raising other taxes. That is not property tax relief.

It's not what Pennsylvania homeowners want. Read the Reading Eagle editorial at the newspaper's Web site,

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