Benninghoff Backs Bill to Deliver $2.8 Million to Fund Local Schools, Relieve Burden from Property Taxpayers
1/31/2014
BELLEFONTE – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced he plans to co-sponsor legislation in the state House that would provide more than $2.8 million in additional state funding for schools in the 171st Legislative District.

“Every dollar the state provides for our schools is another dollar school districts don’t have to collect from homeowners through the property tax,” Benninghoff said. “This is a realistic approach that could deliver dollars for our schools and relief for homeowners.”

The Commonwealth provides varying levels of financial support for school districts across Pennsylvania. Some schools receive up to 78 percent of their funding from the state, while others receive as little as 10 percent. Schools at the top end of the spectrum can receive more than $12,000 per student, while those at the bottom receive less than $500 per student.

“The purpose of the bill is to provide additional dollars for school districts that receive a lower portion of their funding from the state,” Benninghoff said.

School districts that receive less than 35 percent of their total funding from the state would receive a supplement under the bill. More than 200 school districts would receive additional funding.

The following school districts in the 171st Legislative District would receive the following supplemental funding:

• Bellefonte Area School District: $868,464.
• Penns Valley Area School District: $387,648.
• State College Area School District: $1,620,371.

The additional school funding would be provided through a $250 million reallocation of slot machine tax revenue that currently goes to support the Race Horse Development Fund.

“Our students, schools and taxpayers would benefit from the reallocation of this money,” Benninghoff said.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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