Champion ready to make new push
Jan. 6, 2015 -- One of the champions of the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition’s mission drew attention to our cause when he was sworn into this seventh term of office.
Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) cited the inequities of having so much real estate exempted from taxation. He listed “ensuring fair compensation for state-owned lands” among his top three priorities for the 2015-16 legislature.
Causer confirmed that he will again introduce two bills aimed at ensuring the region gets its fair share of compensation from the state.
One will increase the payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) on state-owned forest, park and game lands from $3.60 per acre to $6.00 per acre. The PILT is divided equally among the municipalities, school districts and counties hosting these lands.
The other bill would call for 20 percent of total revenue collected from the sale of timber, oil and natural gas on most state-owned lands to be deposited into a restricted fund for disbursement across the Commonwealth, proportionally based on the number of acres of state land in each municipality, school district and county.
Rep. Martin Causer was joined by his son Matthew as he was sworn in for his seventh term.