32 P.S. 5007.1 (2009)


5007.1.  Local taxing options


   (a) A local government unit, excluding counties and county authorities, may by ordinance impose, in addition to the statutory rate limits on real estate taxes set forth in the municipal code of that local government unit, a tax on real property not exceeding the millage authorized by referendum under this subsection. In the alternative, a local government unit, excluding counties and county authorities, may by ordinance impose, in addition to the earned income tax rate limit set forth in the act of December 31, 1965 (P.L. 1257, No. 511), known as "The Local Tax Enabling Act," a tax on the earned income of the residents of that local government unit not exceeding the rate authorized by referendum under this subsection. Revenue from the levy shall be used to retire the indebtedness incurred in purchasing interests in real property or in making additional acquisitions of real property for the purpose of securing an open space benefit or benefits under the provisions of this act or the act of June 30, 1981 (P.L. 128, No. 43), known as the "Agricultural Area Security Law." Revenue from the levy may also be used for transactional fees that are incidental to acquisitions made in accordance with this act, including, but not limited to, costs of appraisals, legal services, title searches, document preparation, title insurance, closing fees and survey costs. The local taxing option authorized by this subsection shall not be exercised unless the governing body of the local government unit shall by ordinance first provide for a referendum on the question of the imposition at a specific rate of the additional tax to be imposed and a majority of those voting on the referendum question vote in favor of the imposition of the tax. The ordinance of the governing board of the local government unit providing for a referendum on the question shall be filed with the county board of elections. The referendum shall be governed by the provisions of the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L. 1333, No. 320), known as the "Pennsylvania Election Code." The election official shall cause the question to be submitted to the electors of the local government unit at the next primary, general or municipal election occurring not less than the thirteenth Tuesday following the filing of the ordinance with the county board of elections. At such election, the question shall be submitted to the voters in the same manner as other questions are submitted under the provisions of the "Pennsylvania Election Code." The question to be placed upon the ballot shall be framed in the following form:
 
     Do you favor the imposition of a (describe tax in millage or rate) by
     (local government unit) to be used to (purpose)?
 
   (b) (1) Any of the following categories of real property may be exempted from further millage increases:
 
   (i) Real property in which the open space property interests have been acquired by a local government unit in accordance with this act.
 
   (ii) Real property that is subject to an easement acquired in accordance with the act of June 30, 1981 (P.L. 128, No. 43), known as the "Agricultural Area Security Law."
 
   (iii) Real property from which TDRs have been transferred and retired by a local government unit without their development potential having occurred on other lands.
 
   (2) The exemption from further millage increases authorized by clause (1) shall become effective only if the governing body of each taxing district that imposes a tax on the real property approves the exemption either by ordinance in the case of a county or municipal corporation or by resolution in the case of a school district.
 
   (3) The exemption from further millage increases for real property as provided for in this subsection shall be authorized only for real property qualifying for such exemption under the provisions of section 2(b)(1) of Article VIII of the Constitution of Pennsylvania.
 
   (4) If the governing body of each taxing district so resolves, the millage freeze authorized herein shall apply to all eligible real property, whether the real property met the criteria of this subsection prior to or subsequent to the date of the ordinances and resolution imposing the millage freeze. For prior acquisitions, the date on which the millage rate shall be frozen is the date that the last of the required ordinances or resolution becomes effective. For subsequent acquisitions, the date on which the millage rate shall be frozen is the date the local government unit completes the acquisition. The governing body of each taxing district shall give prompt notice to the appropriate tax collection agent of the exact amount of the millage, the date it was frozen and each parcel to which the freeze applies.
 
   (5) The exemptions granted under this act shall not be considered by the State Tax Equalization Board in deriving the market value of school district real property so as to reduce the subsidy to that school district or to increase the subsidy to any other school district.