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State Revises Property Tax Reduction Allocations Due to COVID-19

Another effect of the current COVID-19 pandemic on school districts and their taxpayers is occurring in the form of revised property tax reduction allocations.

The state has revised the amount of funding it forecasts as available for allocations to school districts, to be used for property tax reduction under Act 1 of 2006. Funding for these property tax reductions in the form of homestead or farmstead exclusions is dependent on revenues from gambling operations in Pennsylvania. However, like most businesses and industries, gaming revenue is down significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s revised forecast now estimates that $269.5 million in state funding will be available for statewide property tax relief – a 55% reduction from last year.

The revised property tax reduction certification means that less state funding will be provided to school districts to provide the normal or expected reduction on property tax bills for each homestead and farmstead property in the district. Recognizing that this is entirely a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, PSBA is working to make legislators aware of this issue and looking for possible solutions to address this problem.

As this may be something school leadership decides at the local level to address with their community, we are providing basic templated language to help you with these conversations or communications.

Download it here.

Coronavirus Preparedness Guidance

In the last few weeks, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has become a topic of concern nationwide. Being proactive is key to prevention and mitigation.

Below, you will find a list of resources on all aspects of preparedness, including guidance on communication planning, policy, emergency management and disease control. Use these resources to help you make decisions regarding the safety and health of those in your school district.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools: Webinar Series

PSBA hosted six virtual sessions with presentations by an expert on critical and timely topics; communication practices during the coronavirus pandemic; the business of boards during shutdown; facilities restoration and clean-up, and other essential topics. Members have access to the recorded sessions via myPSBA.org.

I. PSBA Coronavirus Updates

II. Communications

PSBA Crisis Communications, a member benefit supported by The Donovan Group is available 24/7 at no cost to PSBA member districts, for guidance on how to communicate with communities, families and the media. Communication templates available here.

III. FAQ Updates

IV. Finance & Funding

V. Legal & Policy Insights

VI. News Updates

From the Office of the Governor

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Other Educational Entities

VII. Disease Management

VIII. Planning Checklists

IX. Additional Questions?

Please use the form below to submit any additional questions about coronavirus preparedness.