Monday, May 14, 2007

Independent Registered Voters Afforded Access for Primary Ballot Question

Don't forget, if there is a question on the Primary Election ballot, independent registered voters are afforded access to the polling place to vote on the question.

Act 1 Tax Shifting
Referendum Ballot
Question Explanation
Ballot Question
Tax Shifting Referendum Question
Do you favor your school district imposing an additional 1% earned income tax?

Voters to decide Act 1 tax trade off
By Mike Wereschagin
Monday, May 7, 2007

PA School Boards Assoc.

Turnout on referendums a coin toss
By Rich Cholodofsky
Monday, May 14, 2007

Municipal primaries have rarely been a vehicle to drive out the vote.
Still, with tax referendums on Tuesday's ballot, local election officials aren't sure whether that will attract more voters.

"I have no clue," said Laurie Lint, director of the Fayette County Election Bureau.

In Westmoreland County, Elections Director Jim Montini said he could not predict turnout because of uncertainty over just what impact the referendums will have...

...In Fayette County, computerized ballots will run between five and eight pages. The referendum also will appear on the last page.

Voters in Fayette County will have contested races for county commissioner on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. Democrats also have contested row office races...

Pa. voters to consider lower property tax for higher income tax

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The prospect of paying lower property tax bills looms large this year for homeowners in most Pennsylvania school districts , but there's a catch.

Voters will have to decide in Tuesday's primary whether they are willing to pay higher local income taxes to offset residential property tax cuts.

The question is being asked in all but three of the state's 501 school districts under a 2006 law that promises to deliver as much as $1 billion a year in tax cuts financed by slot-machine gambling. That money is not expected to become available until next year at the earliest.

"It gives local voters an opportunity to reduce property taxes even further than the billion dollars in state property tax relief that they're already in line for," said Chuck Ardo, spokesman for Gov. Ed Rendell.

The ballot questions call for shifting part of the local school-tax burden , at least 25 percent, but not more than 50 percent , to a higher earned income tax, which most school districts already levy on wages and other compensation, or to a new local personal income tax. The personal income tax would apply to both wages and unearned income such as interest and dividends. Pensions and Social Security benefits are not taxed.

Public Notice

The Fayette County Board of Elections submits the following non-legal interpretive statements of Act 1 Taxpayer Relief Act. FAYETTE COUNTY
Laurie A. Lint Director Fayette County Election Bureau

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