The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 9, 2014

Make school property tax a tax of the past

This letter is to alert all property owners who reside not only in the 27th Senatorial District, but everywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, that Senator John R. Gordner does not support the elimination of the school property tax.

Senator Gordner has voiced his opposition to eliminating this burdensome tax. This tax is unfair to property owners from all walks of life and in particular, the elderly and working middle class taxpayer. Keep in mind, this is the same Sen. Gordner, who supported the upcoming increase in taxes for fuel and vehicle registration fees, then touted how they would have little impact on the residents of Pennsylvania, due to being spread over five years. He then indicated that the fuel suppliers might not pass the increase in fuel costs along to the consumer. Since we live in a petroleum based economy, does Sen. Gordner think the increase in fuel taxes is going to only effect people who drive? The ripple effect of these fuel tax increases goes beyond just driving our vehicles down the road.

According to his aide, Sen. Gordner is opposed to the elimination of the school property tax, because it might cause a budget shortfall of $2.5 billion at the end of 5 years. If the school property tax were eliminated completely for all property owners, regardless of income, there has to be an increase elsewhere to offset the loss of this revenue. It would most likely mean applying sales tax on a number of goods and services currently tax exempt and an increase in the earned income tax. However, what’s to stop Harrisburg from increasing those taxes and still leaving the property owners straddled with the school tax? An increase in the earned income tax could come at any time, but at least if the state sales tax were increased, that rate would be applied equally to everyone, resident or non-resident, who is purchasing goods and services in the commonwealth.

As a real estate agent for 28 years and appraiser for 25 years, I see first hand the effect the school property tax has on the taxpayer. If you want to see the school property tax be a tax of the past, please contact Sen. Gordner. Let him know he needs to support the elimination of the school property tax now, not after the next election cycle. Do what is best for the property owners, not politicians.

Senator Gordner can be reached via phone, fax, or by regular mail”

Local office: (570) 784-3463, fax (570) 784-9379

Harrisburg office: (717) 787-8928, fax (717) 787-9715

Mail: Senator John R. Gordner, Senate Box 2037, Harrisburg, PA 17120-3027

Charlie Shultz,


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