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Linglestown Gazette: Welcome to Tax-sylvania

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Welcome to Tax-sylvania

According to The Patriot-News, Pennsylvania is No. 1 for tax collectors. The state has a whopping 560 local wage tax collectors, including the embattled Capital Tax Collection Bureau (CTCB) that serves the Linglestown area and many other towns and school districts in the Harrisburg region.

CLICK HERE to read about legislation proposed to modernize and streamline the state’s earned income tax-collection procedure.

For the latest murmurings about CTCB, CLICK HERE for a story by beat reporter Diana Fishlock, and HERE for an editorial by the newspaper’s editorial board. Central Dauphin School Board member Justin McShane is mentioned in both items.

I think lawmakers should also work on reforming the way local property taxes are collected. Having tax collectors in every municipality seems to be another government procedure from the horse-and-buggy era.

Other news

* CLICK HERE for the Linglestown Middle School’s honor roll for the second marking period.

* There’s a great get-away location a few miles from Linglestown in the Fishing Creek Valley – Felicita Resort. The resort’s owner, Harrisburg attorney Richard Angino, is seeking approval to build 40 "golf rental villas."



At 5:21 PM, Anonymous bakabaka said...

I think the tax collection will still be too wide spread as proposed, but I'm happy to see the bloated number of hands on our income tax will be reduced. One, maybe two tax collection centers should be all PA needs based on population. It would be dramatically more efficient and much easier to track discrepancies (or non-payments to schools as may be the case).

I won't even start in on township segmentation vs. county.


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