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The Associated Press, 2007Sen. Mike Brubaker, R Lancaster County, has sponsored a Senate bill to start a discussion about whether changes to Act 1 are needed.However, some lawmakers argue that taxpayers aren getting any choice over rising property taxes, and voters deserve a greater voice.Pending bills in the House and Senate would require voter approval of all school property tax increases exceeding a level set by the state. The cap, which changes annually, is 1.4 percent for the next school year.A state law known as Act 1 theoretically gives voters the chance to sign off on property tax increases above the cap. However, critics say the law has failed to control higher tax bills because it gives school districts too many avenues to avoid seeking the approval of Burberry London Purse Price
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voters.School districts have 10 exceptions to raise taxes without a public vote, including unusual spikes in enrollment or health care costs. The state Department of Education approves most requests for exceptions. School districts can seek court approval in some cases.Lawmakers are pushing bills to get rid of those exceptions.Leadership sources in the GOP controlled House and Senate say the chambers expect to vote on the legislation and get it to Gov. Tom Corbett by the end of June. If it reaches his desk, Corbett is likely to sign it, said Kevin Harley, the governor press secretary.Proponents of eliminating the exceptions say school boards too readily resort to property tax increases.Rep. Seth Burberry Sycamore Crossbody
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