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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rendell Raise Sales Tax $1.00--Use 60 Cents Of It To Reduce Property Taxes

Governor: New Sales Tax Could Help Lower Property Taxes

Rendell Proposes Additional 1 Percent Sales Tax


Gov. Ed Rendell proposed raising one tax to lower another in his most recent budget plan.

It sounds contradictory, but when Rendell unveiled his plan for the budget, he included the idea of allowing each county to add another 1 percent sales and use tax.

SURVEY: Do you support increasing the state sales tax by 1 percent in an effort to reduce property taxes?

Part of the agreement would be that 60 percent of the money raised would have to be given back to taxpayers in that county and its municipalities in the form of a property tax reduction.
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12 comments :

Anonymous said...

The way I look at this, pay now or pay later but that's the bottom line - you (we all) are going to pay at some point! Be it in sales tax or property taxes! Doesn't sound like a brainstorm to me!

Anonymous said...

hardly seems fair at all to the individuals who do not have property of their own why should we pay more tax so others can benefit????this is a bunch of crap

Anonymous said...

Sounds more like robbing Peter to pay Paul. They'll do what then want!

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the taxation systems being discussed, and the ability to pay each one reflects. A properly designed and administered property tax system, which I have seen in other states but not in Pennsylvania, places the heavier share of the tax burden on those most able to pay. After all, paupers don't live in mansions, and most who can afford to live in more valuable homes.Sales tax, however, is an extremely regressive tax. While it may appear fair that Bill Gates or Warren Buffett would pay the same amount of tax as a minimum wage worker for that roll of toilet paper, look at it as a percentage of total income. The minimum wage worker, least able to pay, will pay a much higher percentage of their income in sales taxes for basic necessities than the high income taxpayer. While it is true that the high income taxpayer also will pay a large amount of sales tax on luxury items, only an irresponsible administration will budget those amounts, as the purchase of these high-ticket items is too dependent on the overall health of the economy.

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't pay property Taxes? Even if you don't own the property you live on, someone is paying tax on it, and if you pay rent then part of that is going to your property tax.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of the sales tax instead of higher property tax. Why shouldn't the lower income poeple pay for part of what they recieve somehow. Why is is always the property owners who must support everything. Yes....there are people who own "mansions" that can readily afford the property tax. But there are just as many senior citizens/normal people who are just getting by that property tax is a hardship for. You just need to look at the list of properties for sale each year because they can't afford the sales tax to see this. I am tired of the "poor" always getting the breaks and the "average" person always paying the poor people's share!

Anonymous said...

It would be ok if it came back as a reduction in property tax,but it won't. It will get gobbled up in the system and used somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

have to agree with 3:32 pm. I vote a resounding know to a higher sales tax. It is high enough already. I have a good idea. The bloated state government should cut a huge portion of it's spending on useless programs and put those $s toward our schools. Get rid of a lot of the state and federal mandates on schools and municipalities and that would be a way to cut property taxes too.

Anonymous said...

Why pay more sales tax and keep
industry out?

John Q Public said...

I think that instead of increasing taxes, they need to take a look at all of the "Fat" programs and decrease spending by 1 percent. Ed needs to look in a mirror to see the problem, not relay on the tax payers to foot a larger bill. The govrnment has pushed the taxpayers far enough...I think it's time for the taxpayers to push back a little.

Anonymous said...

Why not have any person who is in office do so on a voulentary basis. Some it seems do so just for the money and free perks at OUR expense.

John Q Public said...

9:03pm poster...What country are you from? If the government office didn't have a salary, then nobody would run for the job!!!!The government is supposed to be in place "By the people, for the people", but nobody works for free. Since you are so smart, why don't you take the job with no pay and see how you handle it?