PA-Proposed Property Tax Measure Causing Local Confusion

CLEARFIELD – A proposed property tax measure will appear as a referendum question on the November General Election ballot for Pennsylvania voters.

Voters will be asked if the constitution should be amended to permit local government bodies to exclude up to 100 percent of the median assessed value of homestead property from taxation.

At the present time, local government bodies are permitted to exclude up to 50 percent.

“It’s causing some confusion,” said Commissioner Mark B. McCracken, who’s had several people ask him about the referendum question.

McCracken asked if the commissioners should consider trying to clarify the question for Clearfield County voters. Solicitor Kim Kesner said that would be a “judgment” to be made by the board.

According to Kesner, the legislature periodically proposes measures that make people ask “how can you say no to an increased tax exemption?”

However, he said it puts local governments in a more difficult position. He asked how local governments could be expected to balance the books when “things get given away” by the state.

Kesner said he felt it was up to the state legislature to make its referendum question clear in terms of further explanation of its meeting and effects.

McCracken said although there has been a long explanation provided in “plain English,” local citizens were still confused by it. He said voters would only get to see the short ballot question at the polls in November.

McCracken said perhaps the commissioners could at some point reach out to the county’s state officials and try to get some clarification for local voters.

Commissioner John A. Sobel said there had been a previous referendum question about the extension of service for judges, and its wording was also confusing.

 

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2 thoughts on “PA-Proposed Property Tax Measure Causing Local Confusion

  1. Dieselrider

    It would sure be nice to get some clarity on this issue. What’s the purpose of the exclusion? To help seniors stay in their homes or to help out some legislature’s golfing buddy. What is the definition of “Homestead” under this proposal? Who gets to make the decisions on who qualifies and who does not.? What will this do to local economic situations?

    Where can we find the proposed amendment as it is currently written?

    • Qualia

      Oh my goodness, they have been doing this for years, the difference is the percent, from up to 50 to 100

      Check your tax bill, it’s listed as a homestead credit, if you own your property, live in it as a primary residence you qualify, if your a senior over 65 it’s frozen at the rate paid when you turned 65, if you don’t have it already go to the site and apply.

      http://dced.pa.gov/local-government/property-tax-relief-homestead-exclusion/

      House Bill 460
      An Act amending the act of June 27, 2006 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1873, No.1), known as the Taxpayer Relief Act

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