2-MINUTE STATEMENT PRESENTED TO FAYETTE COMMISSIONERS
July 22, 1999: Reference links are what you should know about KOZ
Update 2000: Hospital challenges constitutionality of KOZs
Commissioner Sean Cavanagh stated during the public comment on non-agenda items for the July 8, 1999 meeting that he
would send a letter to the state legislature concerning the legislation, Keystone Opportunity Zone, requesting a response
about its constitutionality.
Enclosed you will find several pages which are referenced on the website for Dare Inquire Representatives Truth.
These webpages contain links to the actual KOZ legislation and the Pennsylvania state Constitution.
Should you have any questions about this material, please contact me.
My concerns about KOZ are outlined on the website.
A summary follows.
Please note Pennsylvania Constitution Section 1 Article VIII and Article VIII Sections 2, 5, and 6.
In particular, my concern is that the section 2 (b) subsection (iii) phrase stating... by which local taxing authorities
may make uniform special tax provisions applicable to a taxpayer... has not been followed with the KOZ legislation.
Because separate zones have been designated as permitting 100 percent tax abatement on real property tax, the local taxing
authority, you, cannot "make uniform special tax provisions" for its entire taxing jurisdiction for real property taxation.
In the case of the county of Fayette, these KOZ zones in fact appear to prevent the Fayette County commissioners from adhering
to their oath of office. That's why this is so crucial.
For those commissioners who will look into this matter, the effort is much appreciated.
Please send me a copy of your letter to the state officials.
3-MINUTE STATEMENT TO FAYETTE COMMISSIONERS