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Rep. Daryl Metcalfe takes aim at property tax elimination


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Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
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Raising taxes in an election year — even if a revenue-neutral change is the goal — is never easy.

But Butler County Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has indicated he is planning to take a shot at eliminating property taxes in Pennsylvania.

To do so, he intends to increase the personal income tax to nearly 5 percent and the state sales tax to 9 percent.

Metcalfe said in a memo last week that he would like to eliminate property taxes over six years, with a 33 percent reduction in school property taxes in the first year alone.

His proposal, which is circulating for co-sponsorship, calls for increasing the PIT to 4.6 percent from 3.1 percent and the sales tax to 9 percent from 6 percent in the first three years. In years four through six, he is counting on municipalities to increase earned income tax and/or PIT.

Any general fund surpluses, minus the amount that must be deposited in the budget stabilization reserve fund, would be used to reduce the PIT rate, Metcalfe said.

“The result of this legislation would be a revenue neutral change,” he said. “Neither state nor local government would collect more or less tax money than what was previously required to fund government services, particularly public education.”

The entire state House is on the gubernatorial election ballot this year.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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Rod Krebs said:
Daryl your headed in the right direction. A consumption tax to fund our education system would be much better than the unfair real estate tax system that we have today. Our system today is a detarrent to improving your property. With a consumption tax, the people that have little, spend little and would little in taxes. The people that have a lot, spend a lot, and would pay more taxes. And the best part of all is, the people that are in our country illegal would help to pay. Good luck with your effort.

March 4, 2014 7:46 am

Dave Hirst said:
Just make sure it won't go higher. The government seems to always spend more than they take in, and deficits seem to make them jack up taxes, instead of curbing spending.

March 3, 2014 4:33 pm

Chris Marisic said:

Stop making me pay rent to the government to just live on my land!

March 3, 2014 4:22 pm

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