Property taxes are a threat to the financial security of all our citizens, particularly retirees whose incomes are fixed as taxes rise.

Approximately 10,000 properties are sold annually at sheriff’s sales because of tax delinquency, according to David Baldinger of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayers Association. Those properties include homes of senior citizens who are unable to keep up with demands of government.

But statistics do not tell the whole story. My dad died when I was 3. My mom raised all five children to be model citizens. She struggled. As an 8-year-old, I watched her late one night crying over how she was going to make ends meet. She never knew that I saw her.

After my mom passed away in 1996 we found love letters that she had written to our deceased father. She recounted her struggles and her love for our Savior and for my dad, her best friend.

During this campaign and in my 40 years of helping organizations avoid bankruptcy, I see my mom's fear and anxiety in people’s eyes as they try to make ends meet. I see their lives disrupted by a government that seems uncaring about the burden of property taxes.

Taxes based on the value of a person’s home are unfair and abusive. This country’s founders called such government policy intolerable. And it is!

A large part of this issue is Pennsylvania's financial disarray.

For this reason, I support shifting government funding away from the property tax to more modern sources AFTER we reduce spending, fix the pension crisis and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in state programs. We should not have to pay for a government run amuck!

I am running for the 101st Legislative District seat in the state House, and I am asking for your vote in the November 8th General Election. Together, we can make more secure those who have worked hard for their homes.

Thanks for your consideration,

Col. Frank Ryan, USMCR (Ret.)