Hundreds of homeowners filled the Pennsylvania Capitol on Monday, and the message was loud and clear: No more property taxes in Pennsylvania.
Legislators and homeowners said they were rallying for change to keep the American dream alive across the commonwealth.
Lawmakers signed a declaration and vowed to do everything in their power to replace the current property tax system.
Homeowners argued no tax should have the power to leave people homeless, and supported the bipartisan effort for Property Tax Independence.
"It would liberate me from the property tax system and the way it's structured now, which is unconstitutional," said Fred Zentgraf, a homeowner from Reading.
Members of the Berks delegation of state lawmakers attended the rally, including Sen. Judy Schwank, a Democrat, and Sen. Mike Folmer and Rep. Mark Gillen, both Republicans.
They put their pen to paper, signing the "Pennsylvania Declaration of Property Tax Independence" and vowed to push to eliminate the taxes.
"The people are just tired of the taxation and the complete misappropriation of funds across the board," said Gary Mogel, a homeowner who attended the rally.
Last month, House Bill 1776, or the Property Tax Independence Act, was introduced to knock out property taxes with new state revenues. Under the bill, the funding for schools would stay the same by raising the state's personal income tax from 3.07% to 4%, and increasing the sales tax from 6% to 7%.
"I think you should have a school property tax. Schools need supplies and everything for the kids, so you need to get that money from somewhere," said Rachel Hartman, who does not own a home.
The bipartisan plan is not all positive. Some shoppers are not convinced raising the sales tax will take the burden off homeowners. The plan would apply the 7% tax to clothing and footwear that cost $50 or more, non-prescription drugs and food items that are not part of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
"If it's on food I think that will be hard. I think it will be hard for everybody," said Doris Kaczmarek, who was putting a cart full of bags into her car.
The bill has 67 co-sponsors in both the House and Senate. It has been referred to the House Finance Committee, and a hearing is scheduled for May 21.