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District Offices
Wagner Professional Building
73 South White St., Suite 2
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-8008

109 Indiana Street, Suite 3
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Telephone: (814) 938-4225

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Room 161A, East Wing
PO Box 202066
Harrisburg PA 17120-2066
Phone: (717) 787-3845
PA Voters Get to Decide Next Step for Property Tax Elimination on Nov. 7
Between now and Nov. 7, the voters of our area and across Pennsylvania can do something they usually delegate to their legislators; that is to consider a piece of legislation (in this instance an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution) to determine what they believe to be the best course of action for the Commonwealth and vote on the issue.

Before you will be a question which could impact your property taxes or that of your neighbor.

If approved the amendment would make it possible for the Legislature to change the law regarding the current homestead exemption to allow municipal governments and/or schools to “exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property.” Currently it is 50 percent.

Voting “yes” for this does not automatically mean that the changes would be made—it just allows us to do so. The Legislature and governor would have to change the law and then each taxing authority would have to make the change within their respective areas.

Any reductions in property taxes would present significant challenges to your local governments. The bills don’t go away and they will be left trying to use the force of government to take more from someone else.

There are other consequences for doing so: An employer may leave the area taking the jobs with them, and if the jobs and taxes of those employees and the business are significant, it could lead to a severe impact on the local economy and the local government.

On the other hand, many people on fixed incomes are losing their houses because with the cost of health care has exploded in the last eight years as well, as the cost of government while they have not seen a corresponding increase in their incomes. These people have played by the rules for decades and contributed to our society but are threatened with the loss of their largest investment and the security of a place to call home.

It is for all of these potential consequences, that I am strongly encouraging you to contact a school board member, borough council member, township supervisor or county commissioner and ask them about their thoughts on how the outcome of this referendum will affect them, and ultimately you.

The Law of Unintended Consequences is the one we most often deal with in the Legislature. For that reason, I attempt to look much further down the road than most.

As an elected official, I am not permitted to try to sway you either way on the referendum question. What I hope I have done is to lay out the facts for your consideration, in order that you will be better able to take part in the discussion and to make an informed decision on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Representative Cris Dush
66th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin
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