A group of Pennsylvania lawmakers has unveiled legislation to eliminate the school district property tax and replace it by increasing the state's personal income and sales taxes.
The Property Tax Independence Act would raise Pennsylvania's personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 4.34 percent and the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent, according to sponsors Sen. David Argall and Rep. Jim Cox.
The sales tax would also be expanded to include goods and services currently not taxed, including food items not part of the Women, Infants and Children program, clothing and footwear costing $50 or more, and non-prescription drugs.
Argall, R-Schuylkill, will introduce the legislation in his chamber as Senate Bill 76. He said a homeowner with a $5,000 property tax bill eliminated would need to spend more than $70,000 on taxable items before they are negatively affected by the tax swap.
Cox, R-Berks, will introduce the legislation in his chamber as House Bill 76.
Similar legislation over the last 10 years has repeatedly failed to pass the legislature.