Argall bill to limit “spot appeals” of assessments wins Senate committee approval

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would ban a taxing district’s ability to appeal a property assessment based on the sale of the property received the unanimous support of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee this morning, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

Argall says his legislation, Senate Bill 877, would remove the inequality of taxation between properties within a given taxing district.

“It’s unconscionable to me that two property owners could have the same exact make and model of a home, and because one homeowner purchased a property, he or she could be footing a much higher property tax bill,” Argall said. “The Pennsylvania Constitution states that all taxes shall be uniform. When school districts cherry-pick property owners to raise property taxes, it creates fear in the market and discourages future home sales in that district.”

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