Private communities present problems for Pa. | PoconoRecord.com: "Some Pennsylvania legislators believe some new rules for private communities are needed. Local representatives receive frequent calls from homeowners in private communities, often complaining about association fees and limited services.
While private community homeowners pay state taxes, state grants are not available to residents. Private associations are not eligible to apply for most state grants.
Although Monroe County state Rep. Mario Scavello, R-176, introduced House Bill 1068 this year, which would provide grants and funding for dams that are privately owned. 'These private lakes, God forbid there is a breach, the communities around them are going to have problems,' Scavello said.)
Homeowners in private associations pay municipal property taxes, but no municipal dollars are spent within the gates of a private community.
Another bill introduced by Scavello would allow homeowners in communities to deduct 75 percent of their annual association fees from their state income tax return. This would help offset the 'double taxation' community homeowners say they face."
Thanks to Cynthia Stephens for this link about some pretty dramatic proposals in PA.