Letter from the Superintendent of Schools
Dear Great Valley Community Members,
In the past, the Great Valley School District has communicated with you about potential legislation that could affect our schools. This letter shares information about an issue that is expected to go before both chambers of the General Assembly (in particular the Senate), as soon as next week. That issue is property tax elimination.
At first glance, the idea of property tax elimination probably sounds appealing to many taxpayers. However, the proposal under consideration presents many concerns for schools, local businesses, and many constituents within our district and across the Commonwealth. While the legislation promotes the elimination of property tax, the property tax you pay toward a district’s debt service is still taxable. Therefore, many across the state – primarily residents whose school districts hold large amounts of debt – would still pay a majority of the property tax they currently pay. In addition, because the proposed legislation promises to replace property taxes with increased personal income tax and an increased sales and usage tax, those same people may actually be paying more per year than they currently do. While the Great Valley School Board agrees that property tax reform should be a priority for our Commonwealth, the legislation currently proposed lacks any real plan for implementation and leaves districts with many questions about the availability of funding and the true impact on our constituents and our educational program.
We are happy to provide a sample letter
that we are urging our community to send to local legislators. The addresses of those legislators who represent Great Valley is also posted on our website
. Below you will also find two FAQ sheets that address impacts of the proposed legislation on both school communities and general taxpayers.
Last session, a school property tax elimination bill was narrowly defeated in the Senate by a single vote. This session, we are told that there is sufficient support in the Senate for the legislation to pass. If passed, this legislation would affect communities and schools across the Commonwealth on July 1 of THIS year. Please consider writing to your legislator to encourage legislation that more effectively and thoroughly addresses property tax reform and to vote “no” to the current proposal. Thank you for your support of public education, and, more specifically, for your support of Great Valley schools. As always, we remain committed to partnering with you to ensure the best education we can for all of our students.
Regina Speaker Palubinsky, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools