HARRISBURG – Two bills introduced would provide school property tax relief for PA seniors. Senate Bill 590 would provide a property tax rebate of up to $5,000 for all seniors age 65 and older who have an annual household income of $60,000 or less. The legislation expands upon the existing Property Tax Rent Rebate Program. To fund the tax relief, Senate Bill 591 provides for a one-half percent increase in the sales and use tax. The bill does not expand the sales and use tax to other items – all currently taxable items would remain the same. Bill sponsor, Monroe County Sen. Mario Scavello said property taxes continue to rise at an alarming rate and seniors are among the most vulnerable, given that they are on fixed incomes. No tax should have the power to leave you homeless, and no citizen should be forced to choose between paying for food, medicine or their school property tax bill.

SEN. MARIO SCAVELLO