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State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, announced Tuesday that he's co-sponsoring Senate Bill 76, which calls for elimination of school property taxes in Pennsylvania.

The move isn't unexpected, as Wagner campaigned on support of the bill. He said in a statement that the bill would "relieve citizens of the crushing burden of this outdated (property) tax..."

Senate Bill 76, which has a companion House bill of the same number, would eliminate all school property taxes and replace the revenue with a combination of funding from income and sales and use taxes.

Leadership in the House and Senate has failed to advance the bill, citing an analysis that showed the shift in taxes wouldn't raise enough money. Wagner and other bill supporters have said there is no shortfall, despite the findings reported by the state's Independent Fiscal Office.

Senate Bill 76 will be the topic of a Senate Finance Committee hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.