HARRISBURG – Municipalities would have a new tool to transform blighted properties into thriving parts of the community under a bill approved by the PA Senate and now before the governor. Senate Bill 352 would allow local taxing authorities to provide a tax exemption for up to 10 years for any improvements and new construction on blighted properties in deteriorated areas. The amount of the exemption would decline by 5 to 15 percent per year before expiring after the tenth year. The bill focuses on mixed-use redevelopment including both residential and non-residential uses, in order to support the development of more vibrant communities. The legislation is supported by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.