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Pitching plan for education funding, Wolf visits Upper Darby school

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Gov. Wolf says a vote for his education budget will be a vote for lower property taxes in Pennsylvania.

But while Republicans say they would welcome the tax relief, they’re not sold on the governor’s plan to increase spending overall.

Wolf was in Delaware County on Thursday to stump for his education plan, which would lower property taxes, raise some income and sales taxes, and increase overall spending by a billion dollars.

He visited the Stonehurst Hills Elementary School in Upper Darby where educators said their school district is still reeling from former Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget cuts. Rising local property taxes haven’t been able to fill the gaps, they said.

"The tax environment is very high," said Taschua Buckson, a mother of two whose family moved to Upper Darby because of the schools’ good reputation. "There are a lot of people moving out. There’s a lot more renters moving in, And taxes are as high as $11,000 and $12,000 a year. That’s high."

Buckson told Wolf that, between state budget cuts taking a toll on academics and local property taxes climbing ever higher, her family might consider a change of address.

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