Better tax breaks
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Regarding the news story “Tax break for seniors offered by Pennsylvania Senate majority leader” (Oct. 9 and TribLIVE.com) about Sen. Dominic Pileggi's Senate Bill 299 to freeze senior citizens' school property taxes: Nice try, but not good enough for seniors in counties recently reassessed.
The bill would allow such counties and municipalities to continue to increase taxes.
Most of the seniors I know have a substantial retirement income, much more than the incomes of minimum-wage workers who own homes or of disabled homeowners.
Is any senator, including mine, willing to amend this bill accordingly?
The latter two groups are the ones who need property tax breaks as a matter of having a roof over their heads.
Any property-tax legislation should be income-based, as is the current senior citizen property tax/rent rebate program.
With Pennsylvania having the second biggest senior population in the country, I think this is just another election-time ploy to gather votes.
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