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There's still hope

OCT. 27, 2015  Several influential members of the Senate and House remain supportive of the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition's call to have payments-in-lieu-of-taxes on state-owned land increased. They recognize the inadequacy of the current law that pays school districts, counties and townships just $1.20 per acre for state forest, park and game lands.

One bill now before the House of Representatives would double that total to $2.40 per acre. Supportive state lawmakers still hope to have the higher rate approved during the negotiations on the long-overdue state budget and taxation policies. A spending plan was supposed to be in place by June 30, but the Republican-controlled legislature has been unable to reach agreement on fundamental differences with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.