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PTCC Update

30 October 2010

Dear Friends,

Just a few short notes today…

The Pennsylvania general election is just a few days away on Tuesday, November 2, and the PTCC voter’s guide that lists preferred candidates who support the School Property Tax Elimination Act is now available on the PTCC website. It’s in a slightly different format than in previous years, listing only those who have supported the SPTEA in the current legislative session and those who have specifically pledged to work for enactment of this vital legislation. The voter’s guide also includes a short commentary on the gubernatorial candidates. Check it here before you vote.

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Things are already starting to come together for the 2011 introduction of the School Property Tax Elimination Act. During the past few weeks we’ve met with Jim Cox, the Berks County Representative who will be introducing the legislation in the House of Representatives. Jim has some dynamic, innovative ideas to move the SPTEA forward and we’re excited to get to work with him in 2011. Additionally, we have a Senate candidate who has pledged to simultaneously introduce the SPTEA in the Senate if he is elected, an event that has not occurred before. We expect some very good things to happen in the new session of the General Assembly!

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You can now calculate your potential school property tax increase for 2011. The Act 1 index for the allowable increase in school property tax before exception or referendum has been published on the PTCC website with a chart that contains the index for all school districts in the state. You can find it here.

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I’d like to offer my sincere apology to all who have written to me since the last update but haven’t received a response. Between traveling the state giving talks to community groups about the SPTEA, meeting with candidates and preparing for the election, it’s been difficult to find time to tend to all that needs to be done. I always try to respond to emails within two days but things have been very hectic and I’ve been remiss in making timely replies. Again, I apologize. I’ll try to be more responsive after the election is over.

That’s it for today. My thanks to everyone for your continuing help and support.

Please be sure to vote on Tuesday!

David Baldinger
PTCC Administrator