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Letter to the editor: Senate Bill 76 would be a boon to state

on May 14, 2017 12:54 AM

Why would anyone not want to do away with the burden of school real estate property tax?

I read a letter to the editor in the Gazette titled “Clarifying property tax bill.” It explains it clear enough. For some it would eliminate stress and allow people to build or buy a home. The mortgage payment would be lower than their property tax payments.

Sen. Don White has been working hard and pushing to try to eliminate the property tax for many years. Also state Rep. Dave Reed has been behind Senate Bill 76.

I don’t see anything wrong with spending a few more cents on sales tax. We would have so much to gain in return. It seems that the surrounding circumstances are in question. The tiny increase in wage tax and present debts would not be retroactive. All school districts will be fully funded and current school debt will be frozen.

I also have read another article in the Gazette headlined “Taxpayers face triple whammy.” It’s more like taxpayers face tripling their income for the property tax part. Some will finally be able to breathe. It will definitely be a major change. It may even change some people’s lifestyle.

The money that taxpayers will gain will outweigh the pessimistic side by a ton. We need Senate Bill 76 to pass. The facts indicate that the bill will make this a better place. It doesn’t make sense to be against it. Never be against something that will help you.

Other states that use this same system are apparently satisfied. I have read that if Senate Bill 76 passes in Pennsylvania, the housing market will boom, and there will be many more job opportunities. Established businesses will benefit from it. The farmers will be able to hold on to their land. Homeowners will no longer have to worry about losing their homes due to high property taxes.

Senate Bill 76 would create a different direction for the state of Pennsylvania. It’s the best thing that could ever happen.

Michael W. Lassick Jr.

Homer City

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