Snyder: Telephone Town Hall poll shows aversion to property taxes
70 percent also report unreliable, inadequate internet service
CARMICHAELS, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said a poll during her Thursday Telephone Town Hall shows respondents favor replacing property taxes with sales and personal income taxes by a better than 3-to-1 margin.
“Participants reinforced what I have said for a long time – there must be a better way to fund schools other than an undue reliance on unfair and archaic property taxes,” Snyder said. “More than 75 percent said replace property taxes with sales and income taxes.”
When asked about internet service, 70 percent reported unreliable or inadequate connections.
“The data shows that internet service is not what it should be,” Snyder said. “The poll adds further evidence to the testimony presented during last month’s House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing that I requested that indicated substandard cyber-service is a problem in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Other poll data from the Telephone Town Hall showed that an overwhelming majority – 87 percent – said sheriffs’ duties and powers should be expanded to combat the illegal drug epidemic.
Snyder said the responses add vital information to the input received at an Aug. 23 House Democratic Policy Committee hearing she co-hosted in Jefferson to address opioid abuse treatment and prevention.
“Tackling the addiction scourge will require full participation by everyone in the community,” Snyder said. “I am encouraged with how willing the community is to engage and focus on the drug problem as well as the other issues we face.”
A fourth poll question revealed that more than 80 percent of respondents to the poll favor no-excuse absentee voting and early voting mechanisms for elections.
“My colleagues in Harrisburg should take prompt notice of the desire for improved access to citizens’ voting rights,” said Snyder, whose H.B. 521 would give Pennsylvania voters additional access to the ballot box via early voting and no-excuse absentee balloting.
More than 2,000 constituents listened in for at least a portion of the hour-long town hall and asked questions about helping volunteer fire departments, raising the minimum wage, the future of coal and guaranteed royalties from natural gas wells.