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Pa. House approves plan to cut billions in property taxes

Written by The Associated Press | May 12, 2015 4:48 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are advancing a proposal to replace nearly $5 billion in local school property taxes with higher sales and income taxes. 

The House voted 109 to 86 on Tuesday for what supporters describe as a step in a process that will involve negotiations with the Senate and Gov. Tom Wolf.


Backers call it a rare chance to make significant cuts in a tax system that can subject homeowners to a crushing tax burden.


But opponents say there's no guarantee that school boards won't eventually raise property tax rates back to their current levels.


The plan calls for the 6 percent sales tax in most of the state to go up to 7 percent, and for the 3.07 percent personal income tax rate to rise to 3.7 percent.

 

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