Senator wants more gambling money for property tax relief

03.15.19 | Bob Price

A Pennsylvania senator has unveiled legislation that would direct all state revenue from expanded gambling to property tax relief for homeowners.

Sen. Kristen Phillips-Hill (R-York) says she introduced Senate Bill 269 because when Pennsylvania legalized casino gambling in 2004, one of the promises made was that slot machine revenue would relieve or potentially eliminate local property taxes.

"I think it's really important in government that when we make promises, we keep our promises," Phillips-Hill said. "There is no bigger issue that I hear about from constituents than how big and how burdensome their property tax bills are."

Lawmakers in 2004 predicted slot machine revenue would lower the average property tax bill by $300. Phillips-Hill says in her area, the average is closer to $120.