CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — A motion in favor of a resolution supporting state House Bill 76 and state Senate Bill 76 was denied 4-2 at PENNCREST School Board's most recent meeting.

Board member Luigi DeFrancesco originally made the motion in September in support of the two bills that would replace school property tax with an increase in sales tax and personal income tax. He agreed to withdraw his motion when board member Tim Brown requested more time to read the proposed bills. DeFrancesco reintroduced the motion to the board at Thursday's meeting.

Brown said while he wasn't in favor of property tax, he could not find a section in either bill stating how the district would cover unanticipated costs such as cyber schooling that would necessitate a larger budget then what Pennsylvania unilaterally would provide.

Board member Jeff Brooks said he would vote no on the motion, not because of his "love of property taxes," but because endorsing one bill would "slow down progress" on a variety of other legislative options for district funding.

DeFrancesco pointed out the burden property taxes place on those with fixed incomes and the need to hold legislators in Harrisburg accountable.

"Something needs to be done," DeFrancesco said in support of his motion. "Education is the responsibility of all."

Brooks, Brown, Robert Gulick and board President Mark Gerow voted no, while DeFrancesco and Robert Johnston voted yes. Board members Gerry Deane, Brian Gisewhite and Jason Bakus were absent Thursday.

Tyler Dague can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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