Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Agenda for Berks Tax Forum

Berks County in conjunction with Penn State Cooperative Extension will be hosting a Berks County Tax Forum on Monday, July 28th at 7:00 PM. The event will be held at the Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Road, Leesport.

This Local Tax Forum is not advocating any specific tax reform proposal, but is intended to create civil local dialogue and discussion about local tax fairness, and to increase public awareness of local tax issues, says Berks County Commissioner Christian Y. Leinbach said.

Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and concerns, and similarly to listen thoughtfully to others’ comments, Leinbach says.

At the end of the Forum, participants will be encouraged to share their individual perspectives with legislators and others, Leinbach says.


How do Pennsylvania Local Taxes Measure Up?

Overview of which taxes are available and used by local jurisdictions

Taxation From a Local Official Perspective (Panel Discussion)
Christian Leinbach, Berks County Commissioner
Ken Grimes, Upper Tulpehocken Township Supervisor
Don Raifsnider, Muhlenberg Township School Board

Small Group Discussion and Report Out
Participants discuss tax fairness and what they think needs to be done to reform local taxation in Pennsylvania

Your Next Steps?
What are your options – how to contact your local legislators, local officials, and others with your concerns

For more information, call 610-478-6136 Ext. 6127

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