Appeal, No. 83, April T., 1955, from order of Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, in Equity, No. 5182, in case of Regis Kaylor, Leo O. Kaylor and Raymond Kaylor v. Walter W. Boswell et al. Order reversed.
Gaylord W. Greenlee, with him McCune & Greenlee, for appellants.
Adolph L. Zeman, with him Howard O. Stevens, Robert L. Zeman and Zeman & Zeman, for appellees.
Before Rhodes, P.j., Hirt, Ross, Gunther, Wright, Woodside, and Ervin, JJ.
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The question here presented is whether under its resolution of May 13, 1954 the School District of Peters Township, Washington County, can collect a tax on a conveyance of real estate located in the township when the deed is executed and delivered and the settlement made outside of the township.
The resolution was passed under authority of the Act of June 25, 1947, P.L. 1145, as amended (53 PS § 2015.1A) which provides, inter alia, as follows: "... school districts ... may, in their discretion, by ... resolution, for general revenue purposes, levy, assess and collect ... such taxes on persons, transactions, occupations, privileges, subjects and personal property within the limits of such political subdivisions, as they shall determine ..."
The resolution is entitled: "A Resolution to provide revenue for general school purposes by imposing, assessing
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and levying a tax upon deeds which transfer and convey lands, tenements or hereditaments, or any interest therein, situate wholly or partially within the School District of the Township of Peters; ..." and provides, inter alia, as follows: "SECTION 3. On and after the effective date of this resolution, on every transaction, transfer or privilege arising therefrom, whereby any lands, tenements or hereditaments, or any interest therein, lying, being and situate, wholly or in part within the boundaries of the School District of the Township of Peters, shall be granted, bargained, sold or otherwise conveyed, a tax for general revenue purposes at the rate of one per cent (1%) of the total value, is hereby imposed, assessed and levied; ..."
On May 20, 1954 the plaintiffs conveyed a tract of real estate in Peters Township to Thomas B. and Kathryn Z. Walson by deed executed and delivered in the City of Pittsburgh. The Recorder of Deeds of Washington County refused to record the deed because it did not have affixed to it stamps evidencing the payment of the Peters Township School District real estate transfer tax.
Plaintiffs then filed a complaint in equity asking the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania to enjoin the Recorder of Deeds of Washington County, and the Board of School ...