DAVID L. FAUST
By increasing real estate property taxes, school districts, local and county governmental units could eliminate the use of per capita, real estate transfer, occupational and earned income taxes on workers.
Per capita taxes are grossly unfair because seniors living on fixed incomes, housewives, minimum wage and other workers pay the same amount as a millionaire. Buying a home is hard enough.
Paying a tax to transfer the title of a property, with or without a building is an unnecessary added expense. Taxing the job title or the earned the income of a worker and not the capital gains and dividends of a wealthy investor is outright discrimination.
Unfortunately, a graduated income tax that is based on the ability to pay taxes is not legal in Pennsylvania as it is in our surrounding states.
However, real estate property taxes, based on the size of a property and its attached structures, are closely related to one’s ability to pay taxes, and they should be increased in order to eliminate per capita, real estate transfer, occupational and earned income taxes on workers. Those who can afford to build mansions on a hill with crystal chandeliers should pay more in order to eliminate those unfair taxes on those with less income.