Keller: House Bill 504 is Déjà Vu All Over Again
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) issued the following statement regarding his “no” vote on House Bill 504, which was advanced by the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday:

“Although this bill is labeled as the School Property Tax Relief Act, I voted against the bill because in reality it offers neither reform, nor permanent relief. This is the same song and dance that brought us legalized gambling in 2005. The most accurate way to describe this legislation is déjà vu all over again.

“The Legislature will be back in about 10 years discussing again how to fix Pennsylvania’s broken school property tax system, as this bill contains no cost controls and does nothing to prevent future property tax increases, just as Act 1 failed to protect taxpayers in 2006.

“The bill does not reform anything; it just collects more money in Harrisburg. The Act 1 Index has not changed and all the Legislature has done is to raise the personal income and sales and use taxes without adding any protections from school boards from continuing to raise property taxes.

“This plan will deliver only temporary, short-term property tax ‘relief,’ while leaving taxpayers with massive and permanent personal income and sales tax increases.”

House Bill 504 now advances to the state Senate for consideration. For the latest legislative updates, visit

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