The statewide referendum passed during the municipal election in November. This is just a step toward achieving property tax reform.
The Pennsylvania Constitution was amended to allow the legislature to pass new laws regarding your property taxes that would permit taxing authorities to exempt residents from paying any tax on their primary residences.
If the legislature takes action, taxing authorities — counties, municipalities, and school districts — would then have the option to enact their own exemptions that would apply only to primary residences. The constitutional amendment makes no changes to commercial and industrial properties or second homes.
Taxing authorities would have to find replacement funding, like sales or income taxes, which may require more state legislation.
For more information, see our frequently asked questions.
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