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Reform held hostage

| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Reform held hostage

A man from Northampton County recently paid his school taxes with 7,143 $1 bills to make a statement. His children don't attend public school, but he still has to pay school taxes — go figure!

Years ago, some tax reformers such as then-state Sen. Sean Logan and state Rep. Marc Gergely introduced legislation to completely abolish all property taxes in Pennsylvania. After a feasibility study was completed, the findings stated it would work.

As usual, as it also is now, that legislation never made it out of the House Finance Committee for a vote on the floor.

Sen. David Argall, Sen. James Brewster and 22 others are backing the new school tax reform, Senate Bill 76. Rep. Bill Kortz, Gergely, Rep. Rick Saccone and 92 other co-sponsors are pushing the House version, House Bill 76. Both bills are being held hostage by the finance committees, which really don't care about us taxpayers.

Since both committees' members (Senate and House) won't kick the bills out for a vote, kick each one of them out when they are up for re-election, with your vote!

Rich Saporito

West Mifflin

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