Maloney’s Property Tax Measure Wins Committee Approval
Legislation protects principal residences from levies and forfeitures

HARRISBURG – Last night, the House Finance Committee voted unanimously to approve and send to the full House for consideration House Bill 2300, legislation authored by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution so that principal places of residence are excluded from school property taxes.

“This week began on a positive note for proponents of ending property taxes in Pennsylvania,” Maloney said. ‘Prior to the Finance Committee vote approving my legislation, I attended Representative Jim Cox’s press conference introducing House Bill 1776. These two measures complement each other. Cox’s legislation, of which I am an original co-sponsor seeks to end all property taxes while my legislation would insure at least your principal place of residence is protected from the taxman.”

House Bill 2300 would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to increase the homestead exclusion from 50 percent to 100 percent of a property’s assessed value.

“As I only introduced House Bill 2300 last week, I am encouraged that my colleagues moved so swiftly to send it to the full House for consideration,” Maloney said. “The understanding is taking root in the Legislature that a tax that would take a person’s home after working their whole life to pay for it is immoral, and I am hopeful my amendment will soon be scheduled for a floor vote.”

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 Maloney
130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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