Send mail to support the STOP Taxing Our Properties campaign
Since the time is becoming ripe, as the politicians are blowing their own horns, for their own benefit, below is the site to send a simply formulated E-mail (or regular mail) to your legislators demanding support for the most fair and effective plan to ELIMINATE personal homestead property taxes on your home. Support this plan, rather than the politically hoked-up, politicians-protecting, other plans that would continue in perpetuity the screwed up property taxes that will never be fair and equitable, and/or add increased tax to virtually everything.
Any form of homestead property tax, proposed by any political party, or assessment "expert" will only continue to expropriate the assets and life savings of retired, fixed-income seniors and dispossess them of their homes. Talk about the "war on poverty;" this would continue its opposite: the "politicians for poverty" for our aged, and leave Pennsylvania the "leper" of all states. The STOP plan, as Bob Logue has continually pointed out, would strengthen PA and serve as a magnet to future citizens, businesses and enterprises. Look ahead, you citizens who are not yet seniors and still working. This plan would still include senior support for schools with the increased sales tax, yet by accepting a more nominal increase in the income tax, save you from onerous expansion of the sales tax to virtually everything you need to exist.
Under this state's "property tax," you will never own your own home, but simply "rent" it from the government, even after having fully paid for it; and your "government landlord" will keep increasing the "rent" indefinitely until the sheriff comes to "legally steal" it from you. Does anyone want to have the Sales Tax, under other plans, apply to virtually everything you must pay for, including medical, legal, psychological, financial, income tax preparers, and other services of all kinds, medications (?), utilities, cell phones, groceries, clothing, etc., etc., etc., you-name-it. Wouldn't that be a great way to benefit Pennsylvania and its economy; to drive people away, reduce the tax base, and leave its citizens anxious about buying anything? The STOP plan moderates this by only mildly increasing the current sales tax on presently taxed articles, not "everything," and balancing the other needed funds by somewhat increasing the state income tax. If you are retired, or hope to be some day; this is the fairest plan for fixed-income seniors, who have already paid their share for many years supporting schools, and hardly need to keep supporting them fully with property taxes forever. This tax cost should, in all fairness, fall upon the parents of school children, not the seniors, as it would more equitably with the partial increase in the income tax. Yet seniors would still contribute partially through the sales tax, while benefiting appropriately by their reduced state income taxes. It also virtually eliminates the horrendous expense of the "assessment" nightmare on homes, except for businesses.
If these points do not explain the superiority of the STOP plan, then join the politicians for the fate they plan for you; otherwise, click the Website below and make your will known to your legislators. If you don't know your legislators, or can't find the included website for identifying them for you, then visit the second website below to ID them.
Hoping this will further explain and simply help the STOP campaign to succeed. Thanks for your attention and support.
Dr. Richard R. Everson
Clinical Psychologist (Ret.)
- Beverly Longenberger says :
- I firmly agree that Pennsylvania is guilty of legally stealing what we have worked our entire lives to acquire. We must fight back, we must fight for a progessive tax, not regressive, and let the people pay based on a percentage of their incomes and ability to pay, not the elderly on fixed incomes and the poor or families with lots of mouths to feed.
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