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Lawmaker says plan to replace Pa. school property taxes on the way

Legislation to change the way districts are funded, which school officials have railed against, is expected to be introduced by the end of the month.

State Sen. Bob Mensch, R-24, of Lansdale, a co-sponsor of the measure, told Indian Valley business leaders that he recognizes parts of the bill will "need to be refined to where's it's operational. Before we take that leap, we need to know it's going to work well."

Mensch's comments at Friday's Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast were in response to Nick Braccio, a member of the Souderton Area School Board who questioned the sustainability of the plan to significantly limit most property taxes in favor of increased sales and income taxes, and shift control of revenue from local school boards to Harrisburg.