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PA Voters Could Step Toward Property Tax Elimination

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — When Pennsylvanians go to the polls next Tuesday, they’ll have a rare opportunity to vote to change the state constitution.  They’ll decide via ballot measure whether to make property tax elimination an option. However, it would only be the first step in a long process. Property tax rates largely depend on how much school districts and local governments decide to exempt from taxation. Right now, state law lets them exclude up to 50 percent of an area’s median home value. The ballot measure would increase that cap to 100 percent–so jurisdictions could opt to totally eliminate property taxes.

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15 Statewide Court Seats Open In Pennsylvania Election

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Tuesday’s election may be in an off-year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have statewide implications.  The highest-profile race is for a seat on the state Supreme Court, and seats are also open on the Superior and Commonwealth courts. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court leans heavily Democratic right now, with a 5 to 2 majority. The Republican candidate, Sallie Mundy, currently holds one of those seats and is seeking a full 10-year term. She was appointed as an interim justice by Governor Tom Wolf last year. Her opponent is Democrat Dwayne Woodruff–a Pittsburgh family court judge and former NFL player with the Steelers.