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Pa. Reveals 2011 School District Payments Coming From Gambling Taxes

(Gamblers at slot machines at Parx Casino, in Bucks County, Pa.  File photo)

(Gamblers at slot machines at Parx Casino, in Bucks County, Pa. File photo)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Pennsylvania homeowners, on average, can expect to get about the same amount of property relief from state-sponsored gambling as they have over the past few years, but now the state education department has posted the amounts that will be distributed to each school district.

Last month, the state budget secretary certified the amount of revenue from taxes on slot machine games available for property tax relief — an amount that translated to an average property tax break of about $200 statewide, the same as in recent years.

Now, as required by state law, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has released its calculation of what relief homeowners can expect on a district-by-district basis.

In the suburban counties around Philadelphia, average amounts will range from as high as $631 for homeowners in the Chester-Upland School District and $440 in the William Penn School District, to as little as $25 for residents of the Bryn Athyn School District.

In Philadelphia, residents get wage tax relief instead of property tax breaks. To check out the average amount for your district, go to http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/property_tax_relief_data/20242.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo