CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some homeowners in Pennsylvania are saying enough is enough. They say school property taxes are way too high and are calling for the state to eliminate the taxes all together.
Lifelong Maryland resident Sharon Pollard moved to Chambersburg a few years ago to be with her children and grandchildren, but says she doesn't know if she can stay much longer because the school property taxes are through the roof. She says many locals are having problems maintaining their homes."We have some areas, if you drive through the housing, they need work," said Pollard. "They need windows, they need upkeep, you can't upkeep your home if you are paying these school taxes."
That's why Pollard is part of Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, a group supporting House Bill 76: the Property Tax Independence Act which will eliminate all school property taxes across the commonwealth, replacing those taxes with funding from residents' income along with sales and use taxes.
"It's taking that tax from properties to people from 3.5 million properties to 12.7 million individuals, across the state," said Pollard. "It's public education, it should be funded by the public" If the taxes are eliminated, Pollard says it will help the seniors who are on a fixed income and she says more young people will stay in the Pennsylvania, instead looking for a home outside the state.
"You never ever get to own your home, because of these regressive taxes and that's really terrible to put on property owners," said Pollard.
The Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition rally is on Tuesday at the state capital building in Harrisburg.