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Are there alternatives to property taxes?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 5, 2012 7:58 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, September 6:

The Economic History Association says that in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, British tax assessors used ownership or occupancy of property to estimate a taxpayer’s ability to their obligations to the king.

As far back as 1905, the property tax was called “one of the worst taxes ever used by a civilized nation.”   

The property tax is still not popular today and contrary to what the British crown thought, many believe it’s unfair and does not represent a person’s ability to pay.

Over the past 30 years, there have been several efforts to eliminate property taxes and find alternative forms of taxation to fund local school districts and governments in Pennsylvania.  However, as unpopular as the property tax is, there isn’t enough agreement on how to make up the revenue it generates.

There are several property tax reform or elimination proposals currently in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  On Thursday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll focus on them.  Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), who has proposed one of the bills, will join us.  Later in the program, local school board member and government reform activist Tim Potts also will appear.

Do you support eliminating property taxes and replacing them with a higher sales and income tax?  Giving school districts an option to alternatives?  Keeping things the way they are?  Let us know.

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