There was an article on the commentary page of the Aug. 18 Observer-Reporter outlining a Pennsylvania house bill that would eliminate property taxes to support public schools. State Rep. Rick Saccone offered reasons why House Bill No. 76 should be allowed to come to the floor for a vote.
Basically, it raises the sales tax a penny and levies that tax on more items. It also raises the personal income tax by 1 percent. All in all, it seems to me, it is easier to pay the pennies and the slight increase in payroll deduction than it is to come up with $1,000 or $2,000 every autumn.
I went online to check out the entire bill, and it seems to me to be quite reasonable. The property tax as it currently exists is a terrible burden and is about to become even harder to pay.
As I put my 2013 tax payment in the mail last week, I read in a story on the newspaper’s front page that the attorney who represented the school districts requesting reassessment said that now everyone will pay their fair share. That’s not true. If we keep the current system, the people who have always paid will still be paying. We’ll just be paying more or we will lose everything we worked for because we can’t pay it.