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New Budget Boosts Education Funding without Broad Based Tax Increases
The General Assembly recently passed a balanced state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
Senate Bill 1073 supports the core functions of government, and allocates $245 million in new funding for basic education, special education, and Pre-K Counts without the need for increased income or sales taxes.
Under this budget, spending goes up 1.8 percent – below the rate of inflation – when mandatory cost-drivers such as pensions are excluded. Work continues on crafting a revenue package that will balance the budget without a broad based tax increase.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Help Available
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline for older adults and residents with permanent disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2015 has been extended to December 31, 2016.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
Applicants will need to supply their 1099s for social security, pensions, wages, interest and dividends. Those owning property must provide copies of their 2015 real estate tax bills that have been marked “paid” by their tax collector and renters will be required to have a Rent Certificate signed by their landlord.
Application forms are available at no cost at my district office or by calling (800) 457-2040. Forms are also available at the Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, and senior centers. Applications are also available online or by calling toll-free (888) 222-9190. Claimants may check the status of their claims online or by calling 1-888-PATAXES.
Assistance in completing applications is available at my district office throughout the filing period.
As of late May, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue had received 439,686 rebate applications. Rebate distribution began on July 1. Rebates approved after June 15, will be distributed as claims are received and processed.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
Thank You for Our Successful Kid’s Expo
I want to thank the more than 600 constituents that attended our Kid’s Expo held at Interboro High School. It was a huge success.
Congratulations State Lacrosse Champs!
PIAA State Champions – Springfield High School Boys Lacrosse
PIAA State Champions – Conestoga High School Girls Lacrosse
Newtown Square Fire Company’s 100 Years of Service
During the Annual Delaware County Firemen’s Association Parade held this year in Newtown Square, I presented the Newtown Square Fire Company with a Senate Citation for 100 years of protecting our community and keeping us safe.
Thank you for your service.
Congratulations New Eagle Scout
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5037 Township Line Road