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Published on October 13, 2008

Author: momspeer

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A look at various alternatives to property taxes, and some of their drawbacks.

School Funding Where will we get the money?

Where does the money come from now? In Pennsylvania: 57.3% Local Property Taxes 38.3% State Sales and Income Taxes 3.2% Federal Funds 1.3% Other

In Pennsylvania:

57.3% Local Property Taxes

38.3% State Sales and Income Taxes

3.2% Federal Funds

1.3% Other

What are some other possible funding sources? Sales of naming rights for auditoriums, stadiums, gymnasiums, and classrooms. Allowing placement of vending machines on school property. Encouraging developers to plan and build “55+” communities.

Sales of naming rights for auditoriums, stadiums, gymnasiums, and classrooms.

Allowing placement of vending machines on school property.

Encouraging developers to plan and build “55+” communities.

Naming Rights – Good Brings private money into school Builds goodwill for purchasing business in community Good advertising for purchasing business Avoids property tax increases

Brings private money into school

Builds goodwill for purchasing business in community

Good advertising for purchasing business

Avoids property tax increases

Naming Rights – Bad Donors may want a larger voice in shaping school policies Private funds get the public “off the hook” for support of the school

Donors may want a larger voice in shaping school policies

Private funds get the public “off the hook” for support of the school

Vending machines – Yea Companies often make large contributions to or purchases for schools for exclusive vending rights Schools receive monthly income from machines

Companies often make large contributions to or purchases for schools for exclusive vending rights

Schools receive monthly income from machines

Vending Machines – Nay Low or no nutritional value Students use lunch money for junk food Soda replaces milk in students’ diets, putting them (girls especially) at risk for osteoporosis

Low or no nutritional value

Students use lunch money for junk food

Soda replaces milk in students’ diets, putting them (girls especially) at risk for osteoporosis

Yes to “Over 55” Communities Attracts affluent buyers Increases tax base without adding additional students to schools Homes are usually “clustered”, preserving open space

Attracts affluent buyers

Increases tax base without adding additional students to schools

Homes are usually “clustered”, preserving open space

No to “Over 55” Communities Lack of affordable housing for young families Diminished workforce “ Graying” voter base may be reluctant to approve school funding proposals

Lack of affordable housing for young families

Diminished workforce

“ Graying” voter base may be reluctant to approve school funding proposals

Pennsylvania’s Casino Revenue Lower property taxes for Pennsylvanians All homeowners will receive tax relief once gaming generates $570 million $58 million in supplemental property tax and rent rebates for cities and high-burden individuals

Lower property taxes for Pennsylvanians

All homeowners will receive tax relief once gaming generates $570 million

$58 million in supplemental property tax and rent rebates for cities and high-burden individuals

Problems with Gambling Other “sin taxes” attempt to deter Casino gambling actually promotes bad behavior

Other “sin taxes” attempt to deter

Casino gambling actually promotes bad behavior

Problems with Gambling Gambling addiction – a serious problem for both the gambler and his/her family Gambling is often targeted at those with low income who can least afford it

Gambling addiction – a serious problem for both the gambler and his/her family

Gambling is often targeted at those with low income who can least afford it

So what is the answer? NO easy answers!

NO easy answers!

Rethink “free education” Require tuition, as “public” schools in Great Britain do Shifts burden to those actually using school Exemptions for low-income families

Require tuition, as “public” schools in Great Britain do

Shifts burden to those actually using school

Exemptions for low-income families

Stop business exemptions Some municipalities exempt new businesses from many taxes, including school taxes, for a set period to attract them into their area Forbid school tax exemptions across the Commonwealth

Some municipalities exempt new businesses from many taxes, including school taxes, for a set period to attract them into their area

Forbid school tax exemptions across the Commonwealth

Come up with another tax Levy a tax that would be fairer to ALL taxpayers in Pennsylvania – income, sales, etc. Divide the money among school districts based on per capita income and per student spending

Levy a tax that would be fairer to ALL taxpayers in Pennsylvania – income, sales, etc.

Divide the money among school districts based on per capita income and per student spending

Be proud of PA schools Commit to providing the funding needed to give future generations the education they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s world

Commit to providing the funding needed to give future generations the education they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s world

References DePasquale, Ron, "A housing drive for over 55", The Boston Globe, 10 June 2007 Lewin, Tamar, "For sale: Naming rights to public schools: U.S. educators go private for funding", International Herald-Tribune, Americas Edition, 26 January 2006 "School Vending Machines Generate Funds - And Controversy", http://www.schoolnurse.com/med_info/vendingmech.html, accessed 27 February 2008. http://www.pde.state.pa.us/schoolfinance101/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=76800 http://www.governor.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=3073&&level=1&css=L1&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached= true

DePasquale, Ron, "A housing drive for over 55", The Boston Globe, 10 June 2007

Lewin, Tamar, "For sale: Naming rights to public schools: U.S. educators go private for funding", International Herald-Tribune, Americas Edition, 26 January 2006

"School Vending Machines Generate Funds - And Controversy", http://www.schoolnurse.com/med_info/vendingmech.html, accessed 27 February 2008.

http://www.pde.state.pa.us/schoolfinance101/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=76800

http://www.governor.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=3073&&level=1&css=L1&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached= true

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