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  •  My in-laws have a house in the Poconos. (1+ / 0-)
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    They said that the major reason for the rising property taxes was because about ten years ago New Yorkers started moving there and commuting 2 hours one way and leaving their kids in PA to go to school. So they had to quickly build new schools for all these new kids. Also, these kids are often alone all day while their parents are at work two hours away and so petty crime has ticked up in the area too.

    •  I live in the Poconos. (1+ / 0-)
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      You're in-laws are partially right, but don't have the whole picture.

      For over a decade PA has had a school funding formula that keeps funding levels for different school districts the same regardless of population. When the population goes down in certain areas, they don't lose funding from the state. When the population goes up in certain areas, including the Poconos, they don't gain funding from the state. So it's up to local taxes to make up the difference.

      When Ed Rendell was governor, he commissioned a study to reform the state's public school funding formula to stop that and make it fairer and started to implement it before he left, but Governor Corbett reversed it when he came into office and kept it the old way. So while the population growth itself is certainly a big part of it, this funding formula is what makes that a problem to begin with.

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      by ProgressivePatriotPA on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 01:03:07 PM PDT

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