ERIC Number: EJ1049887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Local Property Tax Limitations vs. School District Employee Pension Costs in Pennsylvania
Hartman, William T.; Shrom, Timothy J.
Educational Considerations, v41 n2 p13-19 Spr 2014
In Pennsylvania as in many other states, employee pension costs are a significant source of financial pressure for school districts (Zeehandelaar and Northern 2013, Pennsylvania Public Employees' Retirement Commission 2013). In order to gain greater insight into the nature of Pennsylvania school districts' financial burden related to pension commitments, this article presents the findings of two scenarios, one which compared the maximum amount of local property tax revenue Pennsylvania school districts could raise under a 2010 state property tax limitation statute, Act 120,1 to their pension obligations; and a second scenario which incorporated a 1% annual salary increase into the analysis. The article is divided into three sections. The first provides the fiscal context for this study. This is followed by a description of the methodology used in the study and the presentation of findings. The third, and final, section presents conclusions.
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, School Taxes, School Districts, Costs, State Policy, Financial Policy, Finance Reform, Educational Finance, Compliance (Legal), Fiscal Capacity, Expenditures, Salaries, Income, Elementary Secondary Education, Cost Indexes, Policy Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania