Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Rendell doesn't get it: voters want property tax reform

Voters overwhelmingly rejected Rendell's tax shuffle last night. In most western PA school districts, opposition to a proposal that would increase income taxes in exchange for a reduction of property taxes ran between 2:1

From the PG:
Gov. Ed Rendell had pushed hard for the referenda. His spokesman, Chuck Erdo, said, "The governor doesn't believe that the defeat of the local tax shifting question is an indication of anything other than confusion."

He added, "Many voters didn't have the information they needed to make a good choice."

Sour grapes, Chuck. The voters weren't confused or uninformed. They rejected this non-started because it:
* did not reform education funding
* exposed the populace to a higher tax burden in the future (growth of income outpaces property )


Highland Ave. said...
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Highland Ave. said...

PA voters want something more fundamental than a tax shift. David Levdansky (D-Shithole) said there isn't a pot of gold wherein true tax savings could be found.

How about the fact there are 400 school districts. Bet you'd save a little money if you shrunk administrative overhead by 50%, eh? Sounds like a pot of fucking gold to me.

See article in PennLive.

Richmond K. Turner said...

Not to mention the fact that, within a few years of the the millage rates being reduced, local school boards would begin ramping them back up again. Bit by bit, perhaps, but the property tax rates would end up back where they were before Act 1. The result? Just as much property tax as before, but now with the additonal burder of income tax.