Cutler and Aument to Host Property Tax Relief Forum
5/3/2012
HARRISBURG - Reps. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) and Ryan Aument (R-West Hempfield) are hosting a free Property Tax Relief Forum on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. to provide residents of the 100th and 41st districts with information about various property tax relief proposals advancing in Harrisburg.

“Property taxes and public school funding are hot button issues in Lancaster County,” said Cutler. “Residents see the tax as unfair, and senior citizens worry about losing their homes if they cannot afford to pay. I am hopeful we will someday find an alternative funding source for our public schools, and I believe the measures recently introduced in the House are promising.”

The forum, which will feature Reps. Jim Cox (R-Sinking Spring) and Seth Grove (R-Dover), will take place in the Statesman Room at Willow Valley’s DoubleTree Resort, located at 2400 Willow St. Pike in Lancaster.

Cox and Grove will discuss legislation they have introduced to transition public school funding away from property taxes to other taxing mechanisms.

“Across the state, unsustainable property tax increases are hindering our present and future economic growth and undermining home ownership,” said Aument. “I look forward to hosting Representatives Grove and Cox for a discussion about how these initiatives could offer an alternate funding solution for our public schools while lifting the unnecessary burden on the hard-working taxpayers of our Commonwealth.”

Cox has authored House Bill 1776, which would draw on a combination of expanded sales and personal income tax revenues to end reliance on the property tax as a source for education funding. In addition, House Bill 1776 would limit school budget increases to the rate of inflation to prevent future cycles of runaway school spending. This legislation is awaiting a vote of the House Finance Committee.

The House Finance Committee recently approved Grove’s House Bill 2230, which would provide local tax diversification options to fund public education and local government services by allowing every county in Pennsylvania to hold a voter referendum about enacting a 1 percent county-level sales tax to reduce the county’s school property tax millage rate and allowing local taxing authorities to levy a local income tax based either on the Personal Income Tax (PIT) or Earned Income Tax (EIT) to reduce millage rates. Future tax increases would be capped at the rate of inflation. The legislation is awaiting House floor action.

Registration for the forum is not required and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Individuals with questions may contact Aument’s office at (717) 295-5050 or Cutler’s office at (717) 786-4551.

More information about the event and featured property tax plans is available at RepCutler.com or RepAument.com. Legislative information is also posted at Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler or Facebook.com/RepAument.

State Representative Ryan Aument
41st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

State Representative Bryan Cutler
100th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Abbey Fosnot, 717.260.6222
or Nicole Wamsley, 717.783.8063
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