Here's who to contact!

Feb. 14, 2015 – Two bills in support of our mission were recently introduced in Harrisburg by State Representative Martin Causer and directed to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. Anyone who would like to support the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition is encouraged to contact the 25 members of that committee and ask them to back House Bills 343 and 344.

They are:

Republicans: John Maher (chairman), Will Tallman, Tommy Sankey, Kathy Rapp, Jeff Pyle, David Parker, Mark Mustio, Carl Walker Metzgar, Jim Marshall, Tim Krieger, Matt Gabler, Garth Everett, Becky Corbin, Jim Christiana, Martin Causer and Stephen Bloom.

Democrats: Greg Vitali (chairman), Pam Snyder, Kevin Schreiber, Michael Schlossberg, Steven Santarsiero, Stephen McCarter, Jordan Harris, Mike Carroll, Tim Briggs and Bryan Barbin.

House Bill 344 would increase the state’s payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) on state-owned forest 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 in which the land is located. It applies to lands under the control of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).

House Bill 343 calls 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 to local governments across the Commonwealth, proportionally based on the number of acres of state land in each municipality, school district and county. This measure is similar to a federal law that provides revenue to local governments from the sale of timber on national forest land.