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PSBA position on HB 1213: Oppose

Pennsylvania School Boards Association. See pertinent statement by sponsor Warren Kampf’s (PA House 157) Dem candidate Melissa Shusterman here

HB 1213: Greatly restricts the rights of school districts and municipalities to conduct appeals of under-assessed property

On behalf of the 4,500 elected officials who govern the commonwealth’s public school districts, we request your opposition to House Bill 1213, sponsored by Representative Warren Kampf. This legislation would greatly restrict the rights of school districts and municipalities to conduct appeals of under-assessed property.

By limiting the right to initiate appeals, particularly with large commercial properties, school districts in your district could experience losses in revenue that will be very significant. This restriction in the ability to generate future local revenues will harm schools that are already grappling with overall declining state aid and unfairly shift the property tax burden to homeowners. We urge you to contact your districts today and discuss this issue.

Our members are very much aware that all other property owners in a school district have to bear the tax burden of under-assessed properties. Any property that is simply under-assessed for whatever reason inherently shifts the tax burden over to those property owners who are properly assessed in the form of increased millage rates. House Bill 1213 would take away the only voice on behalf of other homeowners and businesses being forced to subsidize under-assessed properties – school districts. This legislation will restrict school districts’ rights of uniform review of commercial properties. Those commercial properties that are undervalued will not be billed for their fair share of school property taxes….

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Melissa Shusterman vs. Rep. Kampf’s harmful H.B 1213

by Melissa Shusterman, Dem candidate for State Representative, 157th district

My opponent, Rep. Warren Kampf, has introduced H.B. 1213, a partisan bill that would limit the ability of school districts to challenge property tax assessments. While this may seem like a good idea on paper, in reality, it really isn’t. This bill would cost Pennsylvania school districts hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. Pennsylvania’s school system, one of the most unequal and underfunded in the nation, cannot sustain both this loss of revenue and the cuts in funding Republicans in the legislature keep making. Our children will suffer the most from these drastic cuts in school funding and revenue.

H.B. 1213 will also harm Pennsylvania families in another way. By removing the ability of school districts to challenge severely under-assessed properties, homeowners and businesses lose the only way school districts can try to make school taxes fairer. Property owners of appropriately-assessed properties will have to deal with increased millage rates to make up for the under-assessed properties.

Pennsylvania’s schools, families, and businesses deserve better than H.B. 1213. Pennsylvanians deserve schools that are fully and fairly funded. Pennsylvanians deserve a fair property tax system. H.B. 1213 accomplishes neither of these goals. Our representatives in the legislature should be doing all they can to help our education system, not hurt it. I, along with many teachers, parents, school officials, and elected officials across the state, voice my opposition to Warren Kampf’s dangerous H.B. 1213.

In the legislature, I won’t just fight against harmful bills like these; I’ll fight for legislation that will allow every Pennsylvania child to get the quality education he or she deserves.

See more about Melissa or donate at www.melissashusterman.com/.

Contact your House member now to oppose restrictions to property assessment appeals

from Pennsylvania School Boards Association

The House of Representatives is again gearing up to amend and move House Bill 1213 (Rep. Kampf, R-Chester), legislation that will take away your school district’s right to appeal the assessment of a property. Please contact your House member now and ask for a NO vote on House Bill 1213 and any amendments that are offered.

This week efforts are being made in the House to move the bill with an amendment that would effectively wipe out a school district’s ability to pursue appeals of underassessed properties. The bill has been removed from the table and is set on the House calendar. This latest push will once again help owners of apartment buildings and commercial businesses to avoid paying their fair share of property taxes at the expense of homeowners and other taxpayers.

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Your school property taxes are probably rising again. Here’s how much — and why

By Grace Toohey and Daniel Block, philly.com, June 30, 2016

Liana Roadcloud lives in a town where homeowners pay some of the region’s highest property tax rates, where the schools struggle academically, and where the fiscal year that begins Friday will bring exactly what she doesn’t want: another tax hike.

The William Penn School District insists it has squeezed every nickel to keep the increase on her tax bill at just under 2 percent. For Roadcloud, that means a $58 bump next year, to $3,091 for a Lansdowne home valued around $70,000.

“People don’t mind paying for something if they’re getting something in return,” said Roadcloud, whose son is a sophomore at Penn Wood High School. “That’s not what I feel is happening right now.”

William Penn is among the region’s most economically challenged districts, but the vote last week by the Delaware County school board to raise taxes gave it at least one thing in common with wealthy school systems on the Main Line and elsewhere in Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties.

By Friday, every Pennsylvania school district is expected to have passed a final budget for the next fiscal year – and it must be balanced. (Philadelphia has its own unique structure, one where the budget and taxing authority fall to city council.)

Over the last decade, districts in the counties that ring the city have raised taxes substantially, an average of 30 percent, or more than $1,000 for a typical household, according to an Inquirer analysis of tax data….

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