6 October 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Act 25 of 2011 School Tax Referendum – Revised Scoring – Three Card Monte

Act 25 of 2011 June 30 2011 SB 330 School Property Taxes -Taxpayer Relief Act – public referendum for school real property taxes –

Act 25 of 2011 – School Property Tax Voter Referendum Expanded

The Liberty Index scores Act 25 of 2011 TIER 3 AGAINST LIBERTY and AGAINST THE FORGOTTEN TAXPAYER because although Act 25 of 2011 it is a big step in the right direction, giving taxpayers more control over public sector, union driven bureaucratic spending, and taxes.   The Exceptions remain significant and detrimental to the Forgotten Taxpayer.


This is one of the Acts that is difficult to score because on one hand it advances Liberty, by eliminating exceptions to a school property tax referendum, on the other hand, the significant loopholes that it leaves make it almost a nullity.

Act 25 of 2011 is a “Three Card Monte” swindle by Union, Republicans the victims being The Forgotten Taxpayer. Act 25 of 2011 may appear to benefit the taxpayer, however in reality is a public sector, union friendly act.   This is a good example of how unionized, Republican Leadership, in the House and Senate deceive and misdirect Limited Government,  Low Tax voters.

I am not aware of any Property Tax Referendum Votes on tax increases in Pennsylvania since passage.   So in the real world of measurable results, what did this Act accomplish?

Ten exceptions laid out in the original law – Act 1 of 2005, allowed districts to ask the state Department of Education — instead of voters — to raise taxes above its index. Legislators removed seven of the 10 exceptions to the voter referendum requirement, leaving pension obligations, special education costs, and existing or voter-approved debt as categories under which districts could apply.

House Fiscal Note http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/FN/2011/0/SB0330P1459.pdf

Senate Fiscal Note http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/SFN/2011/0/SB0330P0980.pdf



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