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House Advances Bipartisan Property Tax Reform Legislation, Says Boback
5/4/2012
HARRISBURG – Following through with her enduring commitment to tackle skyrocketing property taxes across the Commonwealth, Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) recently voted in favor of property tax reform legislation which passed unanimously in the House to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow residential dwellings and family farms to be excluded from property taxation.

“Too often, homeowners across the state are forced from their homes by property taxes that surpass and outlive their mortgages. While mortgages are eventually paid off, property taxes never go away and tend to increase each year,” said Boback. “This problem is especially burdensome to seniors who are frequently threatened by high property taxes that force them out of the homes they have worked all their lives to pay off.”

House Bill 2300 would amend the state constitution to give local taxing authorities the power to completely exclude households and family farms from property taxes. Under current law, only 50 percent of the median household’s assessed value in the taxing jurisdiction can be excluded. This legislation also would remove the constitutional barrier that prevents the General Assembly from enacting legislation that would provide 100 percent property tax exclusion.

As with all pieces of legislation to amend the state constitution, in order to become law, House Bill 2300 must be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and then approved by voter referendum. However, the governor’s signature would not be required.

“I am hopeful that this legislation is the first step in a long process to address our state’s property tax structure,” said Boback, who also has signed on as co-sponsor of House Bill 1776, known as the Property Tax Independence Act.

Boback invites all residents in her district to attend the Property Tax Elimination Rally on Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, to rally in support of property tax elimination.

To RSVP, find more details about the rally, or find more information regarding property taxes, visit Boback’s website at RepBoback.com or follow her legislative Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepBoback.

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
717.260.6451
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