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Pickett Supports Property Tax Credit Exchange Program for Senior Citizens
4/1/2013

HARRISBURG – To help ease the property tax burden on senior citizens and to bring generational experience into the school setting, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) has voted in support of legislation to offer tax credits to senior citizens in exchange for volunteer work at their local school districts.

“Senior citizens across the 110th District and throughout Pennsylvania are maintaining active lifestyles and have become an essential part of our local communities. As a result, many of them want to contribute even more,” Pickett said.

House Bill 658 would authorize a school district to create a tax reduction incentive for senior citizens age 60 and older who volunteer in their local school district. The bill allows school districts to set specific guidelines for the program, including the rate of a real property tax credit, as long as it does not exceed the total amount of taxes owed by an individual. In addition, participants must be residents of Pennsylvania for at least 90 days and they must undergo appropriate criminal background checks.

The measure also requires that the types of services that participants provide through a program must enhance the academic program of the school district. In addition, a program would not replace or displace existing job positions in a school district.

“The legislation allows school districts to take advantage of active and vibrant seniors who can bring a lot of expertise to the school setting and offer them a tax credit on their property tax bills,” Pickett added. “This type of partnership is an example of the type of innovation that can benefit both parties while adding to the overall enrichment of our students’ education.”

Several school districts around the state have already started the program with great success.

The legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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