Smart Talk: Pennsylvania property taxes explained

A reader asked PA Post to look into Pennsylvania's property taxes

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Ed Mahon / PA Post

Bob Smith stands in the backyard of his home in Schuylkill County on March 11, 2019. He asked PA Post whether something can be done about Pennsylvania’s property taxes.

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, March 20, 2019:

It seems fitting that the quote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, a famous Pennsylvanian. It would seem more appropriate if the quote specified property taxes, because those taxes seem to get the most attention in the Keystone state.

A reader used PA Post‘s “Listening Post” feature to ask the question: “What keeps these taxes in force?” PA Post’s Ed Mahon took on the question, and he joined Smart Talk to discuss why school property taxes are so hard to kill.

Key points:

:40 – Listening Post submission – Bob Smith

3:25 – Are property taxes unfair?

15:50 – Opposition is not universal

17:52 – York Suburban administrator’s comment

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