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Rep. Seth Grove's property-tax-reform bill headed for House vote

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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

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli is the managing editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a question or tip for her? Email her at amy@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @amygulli. Circle Amy Gulli on .

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