Two York County legislators have taken a stand on an upcoming House vote, saying they won't approve a bill that doesn't include tax incentives for York.
The House will vote Monday on House Bill 1177, which would allow York County to raise its hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and fund Philadelphia schools with a tax on cigarettes.
An additional Senate amendment allows for three more City Revitalization Improvement Zones to be named in 2014, and another two zones in 2015. The CRIZ program aims to attract businesses and jobs to cities by offering developers state and city tax revenue to pay off project debt.
Majority Whip Stan Saylor, R-Red Lion, and Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, said in a joint statement they will not approve the final bill without the included provisions for CRIZ and the hotel tax.
The two lawmakers are on the House Rules Committee, the body that approves the bill before it goes to the House floor for a full vote.
"As members of the House Rules Committee, we will not vote for any amendment which would be detrimental to the economic success of York County," they said in the release.
Vote: Grove said the statement follows comments from House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin, suggesting to The Philadelphia Daily News the House will strip the bill of the amendments allowing extra CRIZ designations and the hotel tax in York County and other locations.
If there's a separate agreement that would allow for CRIZ and raising the hotel tax, Grove said he would consider voting for the current bill.
But passing another version of the bill back to the Senate, without the amendments they insisted upon, isn't a good plan in Grove's estimation.
"I'm not interested in passing bills back and forth," Grove said.
Property tax reform: The legislators also chided the General Assembly for choosing not to address school property tax reform. The bill on the table includes a cigarette tax increase for Philadelphia so the city doesn't have school property tax increases, but that's only addressing the problem in part of the state, they say.
And a recent Senate amendment suggests the tax would only be in effect for five years, only staving off the tax increases for so long.
"By ignoring the remaining 99 percent of Pennsylvania, we are not providing relief homeowners are demanding," Grove and Saylor said in the release.
The House is scheduled to reconvene Monday for a vote on the bill.
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