House Approves Senior Property Tax Credit Bill, Says Brown
HARRISBURG – In an effort to provide property tax relief to seniors who volunteer in their local schools, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) on Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that unanimously passed the House which would establish the Senior Citizen Property Tax Reduction Exchange Program.
“This legislation is a win-win situation because we have an opportunity for all generations to work together, while offering at least some tax benefit to our seniors that I know are struggling tremendously in my district with their school taxes,” said Brown.
House Bill 658 would allow school districts to set up programs in which senior citizens can volunteer in their residing school district and receive a property tax credit in exchange for their services. Those services could include tutoring children, monitoring classrooms or the cafeteria, helping in the library or office, assisting with afterschool programs, as well as a variety of similar mentoring activities.
More specifically, House Bill 658 would set up a program in which senior volunteers would receive a property tax credit at a rate of $5 per hour, not exceeding the total amount of property taxes that are owed, in exchange for providing mentoring and other services that enhance the academic program of school districts.
School districts would have the authority to set up specific regulations over the criteria for acceptance, and this legislation would not interfere with already existing employees of the school district. This bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
For more legislative information, visit Brown’s website at RepBrown.com or follow her legislative Facebook at Facebook.com/RepBrown.
Representative Rosemary M. Brown
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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