How did the earned income tax (EIT) come about?

In 2002 Solebury Township approved a 1% EIT. By law the New Hope Solebury School Board could split this tax with Solebury. The School Board opted to do so and, since we share the schools with Solebury, the 1% tax was automatically imposed on New Hope residents as well. Although the New Hope Council opposed this tax at every step, we opted to claim our half of the school's existing tax so we can insure that it is used to benefit our residents by lowering property taxes and providing other services.

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1. What is the earned income tax (EIT)?
2. How did the earned income tax (EIT) come about?
3. If I already pay the EIT, to another municipality, do I now pay it twice?