The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 20, 2007

Tax reform proposal falls in all Valley school districts

Tax reform that would have increased earned income tax in return for a property tax rebate was shot down by voters in every Central Susquehanna Valley school district in Tuesday's primary election.

The tax reform came within eight votes of passage in the Shikellamy School District, failing 1,126 to 1,114.

Voters in that district were asked to approve an additional 0.5 percent earned income tax increase in exchange for a $176 property tax rebate.

Critics of the proposal had noted that for many, the rebate wouldn't have been as much as the earned income tax increase.

And the pinch would have been particularly painful for renters who would have been socked with a tax increase without any rebate at all.

Supporters had claimed that the reform would have been good for retirees and other property owners who have been shouldering the burden of funding the school system.

The tax reform fell 1,450 to 1,367 in Danville; 1,349 to 1,323 in Lewisburg; 618 to 446 in Line Mountain; 1,959 to 1,430 in Midd-West; 1,253 to 1,172 in Mifflinburg; 926 to 768 in Milton; 1,594 to 1,378 in Selinsgrove; and 694 to 604 in Warrior Run.

Some variation of the question was asked in all but three of the state's 501 school districts under a 2006 law that promises to deliver as much as $1 billion a year in slots revenue for tax cuts financed by slot-machine gambling.

The ballot questions called for shifting at least 25 percent of the local school-tax burden -- but not more than 50 percent -- to a higher earned income tax, which most school districts already levy on wages and other compensation, or to a new local personal income tax.

Text Only
  • State: Discard raw milk from Greenfield Dairy

    MIDDLEBURG — Consumers should discard raw milk purchased recently from the Greenfield Dairy of Middleburg, which also has temporarily suspended production after Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in the product following routine testing, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penn State police: Three posed nude at Nittany shrine

    STATE COLLEGE — Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.

    April 18, 2014

  • State unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March

    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March.

    April 18, 2014

  • Report: Pennsylvania forests impacted by drilling

    PITTSBURGH — A small portion of Pennsylvania state forest land has been impacted by shale gas drilling, but many questions remain about how to manage the politically sensitive issue that is opposed by many residents, according to a new report.

    April 18, 2014

  • TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Route 45 east of Montandon

    MONTANDON — A paving project is slowing traffic today on Route 45 east of Montandon.

    April 18, 2014

  • Accident victims remain in critical condition this morning

    DANVILLE - Victims from serious traffic accidents the past two days remain in critical condition this morning at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

    April 18, 2014

  • Porn prank riles Bucknell University president

    LEWISBURG — A fake email that contained a link to a pornographic website was sent to Bucknell students, faculty and staff on Tuesday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • 28-mile cross walk steps off in Northumberland

    SUNBURY — Two “cross walks” this morning, including a 28-mile trek from Northumberland to Beaver Springs, are among the highlights of Easter activities and services in the Valley.

    April 18, 2014

  • rsstrike18a.jpg Picketing begins at four Danville schools

    DANVILLE — It started like any other school day during the year, with teachers up early and arriving at school at 7:30 in the morning.


    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Line Mountain board, teachers to talk Tuesday

    MANDATA — Line Mountain school board President Troy Laudenslager is far more optimistic this week than he has been as the board and the Line Mountain Education Association head into their first contract negotiation session in three months.

    April 18, 2014

The Daily Marquee

How do you eat your chocolate Easter bunny?

Feet first
Tail first
Ears first
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.