Rep. Seth Grove's property-tax-reform bill headed for House vote
A property-tax-reform bill that a coalition of business and industry groups opposes will be sent to the House floor for a vote this week.
Rep. Seth Grove, R-York County, said this morning that his bill will be one of four property-tax proposals up for vote this week. Grove's bill is House Bill 1189; the others are H.B. 125, sponsored by Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks; H.B. 1677, sponsored by Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon; and H.B. 1685, sponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre and Mifflin.
Last week, the Coalition for Fairness in Property Tax Reform sent a letter, dated Sept. 24, to members of the House, opposing H.B. 1189 and laying out questions it has about the bill, including the following:
"Many businesses rent their location; it is up to the landlord to pass on any savings from property tax reduction. In most cases, that is not likely to happen, so will these businesses simply pay more without any benefit?"
"How is a business with multiple locations in different school districts able to calculate and properly remit taxes?"
The coalition noted in its letter that it continues to oppose House Bill 76, which offers a different property-tax solution. H.B. 76, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks, has seen no movement since March, when it was referred to the House finance committee.
Here are the members of the coalition, according to the letter:
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association
Pennsylvania Retailers' Association
National Federation of Independent Business
Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association
Manufacturer and Business Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Petroleum Association
Pennsylvania Defense Institute