Unfairness to Local Taxpayers

An independent study of Pennsylvania school funding in 2007 showed that districts with the least local wealth per pupil actually have higher tax rates than wealthier districts.  Despite this significant local tax burden on their local homeowners, poor districts still cannot raise enough money locally to provide adequately for the learning needs of their students. Because of the low state share of education costs, fully 45 percent of all school revenues come from local property taxes in Pennsylvania, compared with just 29 percent nationally; the difference equates to $4.3 billion in additional local taxes in Pennsylvania paid by property owners every year.  Source: US Census Bureau 2014

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