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Thursday, September 18, 2008

PA House Must Pass This Tax Relief Bill

Bill Could Give Schools,

Property Owners Tax Relief

WJAC-TV
A bill being considered in the Statehouse could lead to millions of dollars in tax revenue for some local school districts and, in turn, give taxpayers property tax relief.

School districts collected property taxes from natural gas drilling companies up until 2002, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took away those rights. Since then, property taxes for school districts have been on the rise.

Local officials said if House Bill 1373 is passes, there will be tax relief for some area residents. For example, the Bald Eagle Area superintendent in Centre County said his school district is missing out on about $2 million each year because it hasn't been able to tax the natural gas drillers, which have heavily increased drilling over the past six years.

The superintendent said he was afraid the bill would be overlooked until next year, but the Pennsylvania School Board Association pushed to get it on the Capitol's agenda next week.

School districts encouraged people to get involved or else they could continue carrying burden of increased property taxes.

School officials are asking residents to contact their local lawmakers to ask them to pass House Bill 1373.

Stay with WJAC-TV News and WJACTV.com for continuing coverage.

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