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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lock Haven Mayor Reveals Details Of Rendell's Sales Tax Plan

Vilello:?Sales tax would bring relief to property owners

By WENDY STIVER — wstiver@lockhaven.com
Lock Haven Express

LOCK HAVEN Mayor Richard P. Vilello Jr. returned from a press conference at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg in time for City Council's meeting Monday evening, bearing with him a history-making piece of paper.

"Here is the letterhead with all five government associations on it," he told council as he showed a paper with five logos across the top. All the Pennsylvania associations have agreed on something, he said, a conjunction of opinion that hasn't taken place in decades.

The subject of the press conference was the sales tax proposal that could add 1 percent to the state's 6-percent sales tax. The additional 1 percent, to be collected by the state just as it collects the traditional 6 percent, would be returned to counties and local municipalities where it was collected, according to Vilello. More...

7 comments :

WWSD said...

Sounds like something worth looking into.. Just one thing when it comes time to give the money back to the counties i put money on it that small areas like us here at poco will not receive one penny. We will be told that the people in pitt or philly need it more.

Anonymous said...

Lets see,Potter and McKean counties ,One of the states largest land areas,would not recieve 60% of what they took in .The return would be based on population.That sounds to me like another Philly money grab.They get the money we get to pay additional taxes.Hmmmm

Joe said...

If all our "small Counties" would unite into one voting block, we could then be able to elect Officials with our concerns. Can this happen? You bet. Let's start.

Anonymous said...

WHy not give Philly a great big shove ... right into the next state.

WWSD said...

Lets start pushing.....

Anonymous said...

I love that this is buried towards the end of the article:
"The amount each municipality would receive is not be based on how much sales tax was collected within its borders, but rather on its population and its weighted tax revenues - the total tax revenues from all sources divided by the municipality's per capita market value."

What I can't decide is if this is referring to counties as well. Earlier in the article it states:
"The additional 1 percent, to be collected by the state just as it collects the traditional 6 percent, would be returned to counties and local municipalities where it was collected"

So what exactly does that mean? Will Potter and McKean still get 100% of that 1%, just that the municipalities within the counties may not see an even distribution?

Anonymous said...

It means like before, Potter County loses out.