Sub­sti­tute ‘vice tax’ for school prop­erty levy

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I read The Morn­ing Call ar­ti­cle about the re­sults from the work group meet­ing on prop­erty taxes (“Re­tire­ment tax still on table to lessen prop­erty tax load, Pennsylvan­ia law­maker says”). The only way to get this off the ground is a new rev­enue stream.

It’s time to cre­ate a new rev­enue stream ded­i­cated to pro­duc­ing the $15 bil­lion needed. A vice tax pro­duces new and shifts rev­enues that come from recre­ation dol­lars. This is money

cit­i­zens choose to spend.

The money spent on al­co­hol, cig­a­rettes, gam­bling and cannabis use is the start­ing point.

Brand­ing is ev­ery­thing, so maybe a vice tax la­bel is too harsh. It could be la­beled a recre­ation tax. The bill could be called, “The Elim­i­na­tion of the School Prop­erty Tax by Recre­ational Tax­a­tion.”

The per­cent­ages need to be worked out. It may be that some tax shift is re­quired to fine-tune the fi­nal amount these taxes pro­duce.

Cannabis use will pro­duce the great­est amounts, but re­quires recre­ational le­gal­iza­tion and an in­fra­struc­ture to avoid prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced in Cal­i­for­nia and Colorado.

Phil Van­der­s­tine

Rich­land Town­ship

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