MAY 26, 2015 -- Eight more members of the state legislature have come out in support of the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition’s mission. House Bill 1224, introduced on May 18, calls for a doubling of the state’s current $1.20 per acre payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) for tax-exempt state forest, game and park lands. Each local taxing body – school district, county and township – that hosts the state land receives the annual PILT.
Representative Mike Hanna (left), a Democrat representing Clinton and Centre counties, is sponsor of HB 1224. Other sponsors are Reps. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia), Daniel McNeill (D-Lehigh), David Millard (R-Columbia), Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia), Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), W. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia), and Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia).
Composition of the sponsorship roster is curious because, aside from Rep. Hanna, none of the lawmakers represents a district which contains a large volume of tax-exempt state land. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy.