Democratic Policy Committee examines impact of state education cuts on local property taxes
POTTSTOWN, Sept. 9 – Members of the House Democratic Policy heard from school administrators and policy experts at a public hearing at the Montgomery County Community College-West Campus today regarding the impact state education funding cuts have had on local property taxes, said Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.
The meeting was requested by state Rep. Mark Painter, D-Montgomery, who also served as co-chairman. The hearing focused on issues local schools districts have confronted when making up for cuts in funding from the state.
“The Corbett administration’s cuts in school funding have had a wide range of consequences across the commonwealth, not just in the education of our children but the pressure put on local school districts to compensate for the cuts,” Sturla said. “Representative Painter has been a strong advocate for his local districts in calling on the governor and others to return more state funds to education and lessen the burden on local taxpayers.”
“I often hear from residents about the burden that school property taxes are on their family budgets,” Painter said. “My goal for today’s hearing was to get stakeholders together in a public forum to investigate challenges and solutions to this complicated policy issue.”
Those testifying at the hearing included: Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana, superintendent, Pottstown School District; Dave Nester, business manager, Pottsgrove School District; Linda Adams, business administrator, Pottstown School District; Sharon Ward, executive director, PA Budget and Policy Center; and Desiree Hung, associate state director-advocacy, AARP PA.
For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.