Caltagirone: School property taxes 'unfair' for many seniors

'It's time to help out our seniors'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - If one Berks County lawmaker has his way, struggling seniors will catch a break on their property tax bill.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Tom Caltagirone announced Monday that he has introduced House Bill 1247, which would eliminate school property taxes for seniors who qualify under the state's property tax/rent rebate program.

"Seniors living on fixed incomes find it difficult to pay for school taxes," the Democrat said. "They're finding they can't afford to live in the homes in which they raised their children. It's unfair."

People who qualify for the property tax/rent rebate program are 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 or older; and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

"It's time to help out our seniors who've shouldered their share of the tax burden for years," Caltagirone said.

The program would be funded by the state lottery fund, the property tax relief fund, and the general fund.

The state's property tax/rent rebate program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and receives funding from slots gaming.

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