HARRISBURG –Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement about the passage of legislation that would unfairly provide property tax relief only to long-term residents of the City of Pittsburgh.
“As a taxpayer and a fiscally responsible legislator, I am always in favor of measures to minimize the tax burden, especially for those on a fixed income,” Mercuri said. “However, a recent City of Pittsburgh-only property tax relief proposal (House Bill 788
), which I opposed, specifically allows only the municipality of Pittsburgh to exempt longtime owner-occupied homeowners from property tax increases. These increases would only occur because of a countywide property tax reassessment.”
Mercuri said this legislation unfairly forces the surrounding suburban areas to absorb the costs of this, including long-time homeowners in those communities.
“This is unwise and unfair on many levels,” Mercuri said. “Now is not the time for a countywide tax grab through a new property tax reassessment. Furthermore, this bill would unfairly redistribute the tax burden for county, city and school district services to the surrounding suburban communities. Our tax policies are best when designed for fairness and economic growth, which benefits all Pennsylvanians.”
The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a 103-100 vote and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Rob Mercuri
28th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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