for Immediate Release
to Control Property Taxes for Hard-Working Pennsylvania Families
Governor Tom Corbett visited a family farm in York County today where he met
with local residents and business owners to discuss the hardships they are
facing due to rising property taxes driven by increasing pension costs.
stop was part of continuing statewide meetings calling on the state legislature
to pass meaningful pension reform legislation to bring property tax relief to
are facing a pension crisis,” Gov. Corbett said. “Across Pennsylvania, homeowners,
especially our farmers, are facing rising property taxes due to out-of-control
fact, pension costs in York County school districts have increased by more than
$40 million – more than 343 percent – in the past 10 years. These escalating
costs are absolutely not sustainable. That’s evidenced by the property tax
impact on the families that own the more than 2,000 farms in York County at an
average of 121 acres of land apiece.”
York County school districts will raise property taxes over their index for the
2014-15 school year, citing pension costs as a primary reason.
urge the citizens of Pennsylvania to join in this fight and demand that the
legislature address pension reform. It is the most important fiscal challenge
facing the commonwealth,” Gov. Corbett said. “Pennsylvania families and
taxpayers deserve solutions from their elected officials.”
the governor today were Senator Scott Wagner (R-York), the farm’s owners and
family, and local business owners from the county.
governor made clear that the current pension reform plan under consideration
will not change benefits for any current state or public school employees, nor
will it change any benefits for retirees.
governor outlined the fiscal strain on the state as a result of the pension
taxes are rising: One
hundred sixty-three school districts requested exemptions to increase
property taxes, 99.4 percent of which cited pension costs as the reason
for the exemption.
costs mean less money for important programs and services: Pension costs are consuming more than 60 cents of every
new dollar of state general fund revenues.
pension debt is growing quickly:
Pennsylvania’s pension costs are approximately $50 billion, and in just
three years, those costs will rise to $65 billion. Each Pennsylvania
taxpayer would need to contribute approximately $13,000 to eliminate the
the pension reform conversation on Twitter at #PensionReformPA.
Christine Cronkright, 717-783-1116