House Defeat of Miller Amendment Symbolic of Property Tax Argument
HARRISBURG – During the Tuesday, Nov. 15, vote on House Bill 1950, the House defeated an amendment authored by state Rep. Ron Miller (R-Jacobus) that would allow individual counties to impose an impact fee on Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas wells, provided they have performed property reassessment in the last 10 years or are under contract to perform reassessment in the next two years.
The amendment was soundly defeated, despite support from the York County Republican delegation, comprised of Reps. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Scott Perry (R-Dillsburg), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover).
Afterward, Miller issued the following statement explaining the delegation vote:
“One of the battles that we as representatives of growing school districts have been constantly fighting is the failure of many Pennsylvania counties to carry out property reassessment on a fairly regular basis. York County has reassessed property approximately every six years so as to more accurately reflect fair market values.
“Property values, in turn, are used to establish amounts of school funding. If we’re going to allow counties that have said for years that they can’t afford the reassessment, but will now be allowed to impose an impact fee, why not require them to do the reassessment?
“The sound defeat of this amendment symbolizes the battle we wage all the time over property tax relief, growing school districts and the fact that we as a growing region do not get funded adequately. When you have systems that are set up like this, you create winners and losers. Unfortunately, we have many more ‘winners’ in this state, thanks to a funding formula that does not take into account student population, making it very hard to get the traction and votes for property tax relief.
“My amendment was just another way to make a statement. I knew we probably could not win, but it just shows you that people in other parts of the state don’t really care about some of the same issues we do in York County.”
York County House Republican Delegation
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Scott Little