Statewide Referendum: Vote 'Yes'

The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® encourages you to vote “yes” on a statewide referendum on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® encourages you to vote “yes” on a statewide referendum on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The referendum, if passed, would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow the legislature to pass new laws regarding your property taxes and will help pave the way for real property tax reduction or elimination.

Currently, the law allows the exclusion up to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property.

Allowing school boards, municipalities and counties to have the option to exclude up to 100 percent of the assessed value of a home from taxation will put them in control of their local tax collections and will give relief to many homeowners. If the referendum passes, the state legislature will have to enact further legislation for a change to take effect.

For more information, see our frequently asked questions.

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Encourage your friends and neighbors to vote “yes” on the ballot referendum to help maintain an environment conducive to homeownership in your community.

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Issues PAR is working on for homeowners

  • House Bill 1285 (Maloney, R-Berks) – This bill, which passed in July, would allow modifications to the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Uniformity Clause to allow residential property tax relief. This will be included on a voter referendum in November’s general election and PAR supports the passage of this referendum.
  • Senate Bill 76 (Argall, R-Schuylkill) – PAR supports this bill, which proposes to eliminate property taxes by prohibiting school districts from levying a school property tax. The funding would be replaced with an increase in the state’s Personal Income Tax from 3.07 to 4.95 percent, an increase in the state’s Sales and Use Tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, the expansion of the goods and services subject to the state’s Sales and Use Tax, and an increase in the Hotel Occupancy Tax from 6 percent to 7 percent.
  • Senate Bill 201 (Folmer, R-Lebanon) and House Bill 331 (Bloom, R-Cumberland) – The bill would allow like-kind exchanges in Pennsylvania, mirroring the federal law. PAR supports this legislation.
  • House Bill 1001 (Helm, R-Dauphin) – The association supports the proposed Home Inspector Licensing Act, which would regulate home inspectors. Home inspections have become an important part of the homebuying and selling process.
  • Act 133 – PAR worked to pass Act 133, which amended the state Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act. The amendment more clearly defines “unfit for habitation” to provide better guidance to local code enforcement officials. The amendment creates a new category of “Temporary Access” certificates that would allow a sale to move forward, but require that substantial code violations be corrected prior to the new owner inhabiting the property. It also requires that all other code violations be corrected within a certain time frame, with financial and other penalties left in place for failure to comply.
  • National Flood Insurance Program – Realtors® have testified before Congress, urging them to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, which was set to expire Sept. 30, 2017. This program is critical to homeowners and business owners. Congress reauthorized the insurance program for three months.

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