Ohio Superintendent Testifies on Capitol Hill at SALT Hearing


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – June 25, 2019 – Paul Imhoff, superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and a member of AASA, the AASA Executive Committee and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), testified today before the U.S. House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee.  

The hearing, entitled, “How Recent Limitations to the SALT Deduction Harm Communities, Schools, First Responders and Housing Values,” was held at the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Imhoff was invited to testify to share insight and lessons learned at the district level in light of caps to the state and local tax deduction (SALT-D) as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), how the change impacted the ability and willingness of local tax payers to support school district levies, and what that means for the district’s ability to maintain autonomy over its tax base, coffers and ability to meet district and student needs.

The following is an excerpt from Imhoff’s testimony:

“I am here from Ohio to stress that this issue is not a red state or blue state issue – it is a public education issue. Public education is the foundation of our republic and the overwhelming majority of funding for public schools comes from state and local sources. The SALT-D cap threatens to erode our ability to raise those funds at the local level which could begin to deprive local districts of the resources needed to educate our students.”

Others testifying today included: Mayor David Tarter, Falls Church, Va.; Mayor Bob De Natale, Bayville, N.Y.; Commissioner Christian Yancik Leinbach, Berks County, Pa.; Lt. Mahlon Mitchell, president, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin; and, Nicole Kaeding, vice president, Federal and Special Projects, Tax Foundation.

Click here to view the hearing. 


For specific questions, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.