The 2012-2013 Act 1 Index
What is the potential increase in your school property tax for 2012?
The Act 1 Index is the allowable percentage increase in millage (property taxes) for each Pennsylvania school district before exceptions or voter referendum. The index is determined annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) using an arcane formula that includes such factors as the average weekly wage, the federal employment cost index, and the market value/personal income aid ratio.
For the 2012-2013 school year the average increase in the Act 1 index for all Pennsylvania school districts is 2.3%; the largest increase is 2.7%, the smallest is 1.7%.
The allowable increase in the Act 1 index is not necessarily the actual amount of increase that may be imposed by your school district. Some districts that carefully control costs may be able to increase taxes less than the index, while others may apply for an exception by the PDE to raise taxes more than the allowable index or put the increase to a voter referendum.
The allowable 2012-2013 Act 1 increase for each Pennsylvania school district is available as an Acrobat (PDF) chart here.
Further information on the Act 1 index, including the list of items that will qualify a school district for an exception to the index, is available on the PTCC Act 1 page here.
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