Harrisburg — Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) today applauded Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s call for a vote by the full Pennsylvania Senate on school property tax reform.
Speaking Tuesday to the online news outlet Capitolwire following his re-election to the Senate’s top post, Scarnati said having a floor vote is warranted since many senators have spoken for years about wanting to take action to reform property taxes.
“Every week we are in the Capitol is another week that citizens in my district, especially our seniors, are suffocating under the weight of ever-increasing school property taxes,” said Scavello. “Many individuals have reached out to me to say that school property taxes should be eliminated for all – I agree with them. I would vote for full elimination tomorrow however, to date, those proposals have not had the votes to pass.”
Scavello offered his encouragement for those citizens who support full elimination to reach out to their senator or representative, especially if he or she is not a supporter, and urge their support.
Senator Scavello has introduced many legislative measures over his career in both the House and Senate. Most recently, Senator Scavello introduced Senate Bill 805 to provide the revenue necessary to eliminate school property taxes on owner-occupied homes via the homestead exclusion. This legislation followed the Constitutional Amendment question passed by voters in 2017 expanding the homestead exclusion to 100 percent of a home’s assessed value.
In addition, Senator Scavello will be introducing legislation in the near future providing for much needed school property tax relief for senior citizens across the Commonwealth. The measure would provide for a property tax rebate of up to $5,000 for all seniors age 65 and older who have an annual household income of less than $60,000.
“If I could single-handedly force change, I would. But it takes 26 senators, 102 representatives and the governor to pass a proposal. I am encouraged by Senator Scarnati’s remarks in favor of a Senate vote on school property tax reform,” said Scavello.
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