Property tax rebate deal blocked by disagreement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s Senate majority leader says efforts to secure $1.4 billion in school property tax rebates for homeowners as part of a broader budget deal has hit a wall over which districts will get the biggest benefit.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Monday that Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf won’t support each other’s proposal to distribute the rebates. A state sales tax increase was supposed to underwrite the school property tax rebate.

So Corman says Republicans urged Wolf to move on from the fight and concentrate on passing a five-months-late budget.

Corman says Republicans want student population to influence the flow of the rebates, and they objected to the amount that Wolf’s formula would send to Philadelphia. Wolf wanted a formula that favored poorer school districts.

Corman also says the sides disagreed over measures Republicans sought to make it harder for school boards to raise taxes.

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