Area voters overwhelmingly rejected the Act 1 referendums in their school districts, which proposed shifting tax burdens, during the May 15 primary election.

Referendums regarding the issue were on the ballots in all local school districts.

Berks County taxpayer groups were at the forefront of the statewide movement to reject Act 1 in favor of sending the legislature back for another try at tax reform. Berks results:

Daniel Boone Area School Districts residents rejected a proposed 1 percent Earned Income Tax on wages and commissions by a better than two-toone margin, 1,554 to 711 reported at presstime.

Boyertown Area School District residents turned down a proposal to implement a 1.6 percent Personal Income Tax on wages, commissions, interest and dividends. The Berks County voters in the Boyertown area voted 1,815 to 534 reported at presstime.

Exeter School District residents voted 1,707 to 1,148, rejecting a proposal to implement a 1 percent Earned Income Tax on wages and commissions.

In Chester County, Owen J. Roberts School District residents were voting by a 5 to 1 margin to reject a 1 percent Earned Income Tax on wages and commissions. With three precincts reporting, the vote was 551 no votes to 114 yes.

Phoenixville Area School District voters rejected a 1 percent Earned Income Tax on wages and commissions, 597 to 262 with 7 precincts reporting.

Spring-Ford Area School District includes one Chester County municipality. Spring City voted 216 to 92 to reject the proposal.

In Montgomery County, Pottsgrove Area School District residents appeared ready to reject a proposed 1 percent Earned Income Tax on wages and commissions. With 50 percent of the vote counted, 801 residents opposed the measure while 239 voted in favor of it.

Pottstown School District residents voted against a proposal to impose a 1 percent Earned Income Tax on wages and commissions. With 60 percent of the vote tallied, 891 residents had voted against the measure while 349 voted in favor of it.

All registered voters were able to vote on their school district's Act 1 referendum.

Act 1, which also promises to use funds generated by casino gambling to further reduce taxes in the future, required the tax shift referendums.

Essentially, voters had to decide whether they want to shift some of the burden of taxes used to operate their schools from the property tax to a new or increased income tax.

Depending on the school district, voters were faced with either a Personal Income Tax, which would tax wages, commissions, interest and dividends; or an Earned Income Tax, which would tax wages and commissions.

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