Maloney Offers Constitutional Amendment on Property Taxes
3/30/2012
HARRISBURG – Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution so that principal places of residence are excluded from school property taxes was introduced today by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks).

If we can pass legislation such as the Castle Doctrine, which allows Pennsylvanians to protect themselves in their homes, we can pass legislation that allows Pennsylvanians to protect their castles,” Maloney said. “That is why I have authored this measure that would allow all Pennsylvanians to vote on the matter at the polls.”

Currently, the Pennsylvania Constitution allows local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 50 percent of the median assessed value of homestead property within the taxing district. “Median assessed value” is the middle value of all the homesteads in a taxing district when you put them in numerical order,” Maloney said. “For example, if you have three properties, with one worth $100,000, and another worth $200,000 and the last worth $150,000, when you place these values in numerical order, the “median assessed value" would be $150,000.”

Maloney’s legislation, House Bill 2300, will amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of the homestead property receiving the exclusion. While this is the current mechanism to provide residential property tax relief, it is inadequate as it caps the amount of relief that can be provided. This provision, if adopted, will improve upon an already established property tax relief mechanism by allowing for the elimination of residential school property taxes via the homestead exclusion.

“The homeowners in Pennsylvania have had enough of living with fear and dread of property taxes. I believe any tax that would put you out of your home is plain wrong. I hope my amendment will move quickly in the State House,” Maloney said.

To amend the state Constitution, the same bill containing the amendment must be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and then approved by referendum vote by the people of Pennsylvania. The governor’s signature is not required.

State Representative David M. Maloney
130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
clardner@pahousegop.com
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