property taxes http://wesa.fm en Property Tax Reform Efforts Spring Eternal http://wesa.fm/post/property-tax-reform-efforts-spring-eternal <p></p><p>State lawmakers have snubbed two different efforts to reduce property taxes buoyed by recent activism on the issue. But for every season, turn, turn, turn.</p><p>Recently proposed tax shifts fit into one of two categories: statewide or local. But a nascent effort from Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) combines both approaches.</p><p>"With the increased discussion on property taxes, over the last year or so, I thought maybe it's the right time to try to put together another proposal that kind of meshes some of the different thoughts together," Reed said.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 32848 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Touts Tobash's Pension Reform Plan in Shaler Township http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-touts-tobashs-pension-reform-plan-shaler-township <p>Less than a week after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett ended the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/explaining-governor-corbetts-budget-battle">budget standoff</a> with the state Legislature, he’s setting a new deadline for <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-withholds-signature-budget-pension-overhaul">pension reform</a>: election season.</p><p>Corbett was in Shaler Township Monday afternoon pushing an overhaul of the public pension system, which he said is necessary to help struggling school districts and stem the wave of rising property taxes.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:34:04 +0000 Liz Reid 32616 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Touts Tobash's Pension Reform Plan in Shaler Township City Property Tax Collections Come Up Short http://wesa.fm/post/city-property-tax-collections-come-short <p>Fall property tax collections for the city of Pittsburgh are $3.7 million below projections, according to the second-quarter report published this week by the mayor's finance office.<br /><br />The millage rate may now need to be raised in order to correct the shortfall, though budget officials say it's too soon to say whether that will be necessary.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:26:08 +0000 Josh Raulerson 19514 at http://wesa.fm House Lawmakers Pass Property Tax Relief Bill http://wesa.fm/post/house-lawmakers-pass-property-tax-relief-bill <p>A proposal to provide school property tax relief has passed in the state House, but it faces only middling indicators of success in the Senate.<br /><br />The bill would let school districts opt to reduce or replace property taxes with other levies on earned income and businesses. The measure passed without debate in a legislative body whose members rarely turn down chances for comment.<br /> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:45:37 +0000 Mary Wilson 17569 at http://wesa.fm Anti-Property Tax Sentiment in PA Remains Passionate, Diffuse http://wesa.fm/post/anti-property-tax-sentiment-pa-remains-passionate-diffuse <p>Calls to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania stretch back decades, but the latest effort is moving at cross-purposes with other bills.<br><br>More than 100 people rallied on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday in support of a plan to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania once and for all.<br><br>The plan, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) would replace the levy controlled by school districts with higher rates of the personal income tax and the sales and use tax (the sales tax would also be broadened to apply to more items).<br> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:50:05 +0000 Mary Wilson 17114 at http://wesa.fm Taking Advantage of the Homestead Tax Exemption http://wesa.fm/post/taking-advantage-homestead-tax-exemption <p></p><p>In Allegheny County <a href="http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/opa/frmins50.pdf">Homestead tax exemption</a> is a tax break that deducts $85 from every homeowner's property tax bill. It's a useful bit of financial relief for many area homeowners. But residents in Pittsburgh's poorer neighborhoods, where the deduction could be most useful, are not taking advantage of the exemption. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's <strong>Andrew McGill</strong> has <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/many-still-dont-apply-for-allegheny-county-realty-tax-exemption-689258/">reviewed the situation</a> and says, "Amid all the hubbub over re-assessments, I was surprised more people weren't aware of it, and how this lack of awareness is <a href="http://bit.ly/1765Wgg">split along income lines</a>." Thu, 30 May 2013 00:03:36 +0000 Heather McClain 10451 at http://wesa.fm Taking Advantage of the Homestead Tax Exemption Pittsburgh Councilman Proposes Property Tax Relief Program for 2015 http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-councilman-proposes-property-tax-relief-program-2015 <p>Pittsburgh City Council will consider new legislation from Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess that would lay the groundwork for a 2015 property tax relief program for city residents who've both owned their homes for more than ten years and paid higher tax bills following the 2012 property reassessment.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:46:07 +0000 Noah Brode 9561 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Councilman Proposes Property Tax Relief Program for 2015 Wagner Urges Taxpayers 'Watch Out For Windfalls' http://wesa.fm/post/wagner-urges-taxpayers-watch-out-windfalls <p>Most of the attention and criticism of the property tax system over the past year has been about the reassessments of more than a half million properties in Allegheny County.</p><p>"The law is very clear," said County Controller Chelsa Wagner, "specifically in Allegheny County you cannot have any windfall. That doesn't mean 1 percent, that doesn't mean 5 percent, that means zero."</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:21:21 +0000 Kevin Gavin 4119 at http://wesa.fm State-Level Bills Would Prevent Local Challenges to Nonprofit Tax Exemptions http://wesa.fm/post/state-level-bills-would-prevent-local-challenges-nonprofit-tax-exemptions <p>Two bills up for full votes in the state legislature would prevent municipalities from challenging the tax-exempt statuses of nonprofit organizations by transferring that power to the General Assembly.</p><p>On Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution condemning Senate Bill 4 and its counterpart, House Bill 724. The former is up for a Senate vote on Wednesday.</p><p>Because the bill would change the state constitution, it would need to pass in two consecutive legislative sessions and be approved by a voter referendum.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:48:59 +0000 Noah Brode 4104 at http://wesa.fm