Davis to participate in bipartisan group tasked with finding alternative to school property taxes

HARRISBURG, July 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will be among five House Democrats selected to participate in a bipartisan group tasked with finding a possible solution to end school property taxes.

The bipartisan group, which will include state representatives and senators, will likely meet in August and will workshop ideas to replace or repeal the property tax and compensate for lost revenue with a variety of other taxes.

Davis, who was selected by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, looks at his designation as an opportunity to help those most affected by continual property tax increases.

“When an area experiences a growth in population of school-aged children, that leads to more school spending and higher taxes. Our senior citizens, who for years worked tirelessly and now live on a fixed income, struggle to pay the increased school property tax,” Davis said. “This should be the least of their worries, and a solution should be put in place so that our most vulnerable citizens aren’t living paycheck to paycheck.”

Dermody added: “This select group of legislators wants to find a solution and they will be working hard to review many different ideas. I asked Austin Davis to serve so that the group has an important voice from western Pennsylvania contributing to the discussion.”

Davis, who thanked Dermody for the appointment, will be accompanied by four additional House Democrats: state Reps. Perry Warren, D-Bucks; Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna; Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh; and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.

Tax bills usually are issued after July 1 and, statewide, add up to more than $14 billion.