School property tax: A tax burden

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This letter is sent in response to Ralph Mayhorn Jr.'s Aug. 26 letter ("Better Taxation"). This is a very significant subject concerning residents who are receiving Social Security and a pension. These two forms of income are limited to the growing needs of seniors, retirees and handicapped people.

I think the time has come for all involved to consider a new form of funding and do away with school property tax. First, HB 76 and SB 76 -- the Property Tax Independence Act -- would eliminate property tax by broadening and increasing the sales tax and increasing the personal income tax. Casino money (remember Gov. Ed Rendell's slot money for property tax relief?) also would be factored in.

One must wonder why school boards and teachers unions are not lobbying for this transition. With my school property tax increasing more than $600 to $3,163, I have to reconsider my purchases and donations to the Diocese of Pittsburgh's Church Alive, the Pittsburgh Food Bank, the National Rifle Association and WQED, just to name a few. I urge everyone to contact their legislators and school boards.

THOMAS M. STREYLE
Hampton


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