Governor Calls on Lawmakers to Invest More in Property Tax Relief Program

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Rep. Steve Samuelson in calling on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to immediately use $1.7 billion in unspent dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act to help older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities through property tax refunds to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that many Pennsylvania households are still recovering financially from the pandemic, and this is especially true for low-income households,” Governor Wolf said. “I again call on the General Assembly to spend the federal funding that is still in place, unused, to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians. By investing more money in the property tax/rent rebate program, older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities can stay in their homes. This money is waiting, not helping anyone at this time and at a time when people in this commonwealth are suffering, it is just plain wrong.

Governor’s plan includes $204 million to provide direct property tax relief to Pennsylvanians by investing in the existing Rent Property Tax Rebate Program for a one-time premium discount to current program users. This investment would double existing rebates, with approximately 466,000 Pennsylvanians receiving an additional average rebate of $475.

“The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits seniors and people with disabilities, with more than 400,000 people receiving rebates each year. My office alone assists approximately 800 people each year with their reimbursement claims,” Rep. Samuelson said. “I commend Governor Wolf for offering to use U.S. bailout funds to provide additional relief to landlords and renters in 2022. My legislation, if signed into law, will double property tax/rebate payments for rent this year.

“As the cost of living continues to rise, low-income residents, seniors and Pennsylvanians with disabilities must not be left behind,” said Senator Collett. “As Democratic Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth, I am pleased to work with Governor Wolf to introduce legislation to strengthen the already popular property/rent tax rebate program and secure more Federal relief funds for Pennsylvanians who need it most. “

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