The 2017-2018 Act 1 Index
What is the potential increase in your school property tax for 2017?
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 2017-2018 school year the the Base Index is 2.5%, a 0.1% index change and a 4.2% increase from last year's 2.4%. The 2017-2018 average allowable increase in millage for all Pennsylvania school districts is 3.2%; the largest increase is 4.1%, the smallest increase is 2.5%.
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.
CHECK YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT: The allowable 2017-2018 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. A more detailed explanation of the Act 1 Index is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website here.
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