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Legislator pitching bill which would make school property tax a thing of the past in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - What if school property tax became a thing of the past? That's what state Rep. Frank Ryan wants to do with House Bill 13, but there's a snag.

"I'm not planning on introducing any language until I could talk to more people because seniors are the cards to this," Ryan said.

In order to replace the property tax,  Ryan proposes bringing up the wage tax to about 4%, adding 2% to the sales tax, and- the real sticking point-increasing tax retirement income.

"No tax on Social Security income and then on retirement income it's 4.92%.," Ryan said.

State Rep. Pete Schweyer, a former school teacher, thinks that totally eliminating all property tax is not the right way to go about it. 

"If the goal is to find real meaningful tax relief for those people that need it the most, there are mechanisms to do that but the biggest impediment for us doing that is the belief you multiply the total elimination for every homeowner," Schweyer said.

Ryan says he won't introduce the bill if he cannot win over seniors.

"There's no value to anybody being the villain in this thing," Ryan said.


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