Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Tax relief program OK elsewhere

At its March 23 meeting, the State College Area School District Board of Directors endorsed a program to provide property-tax rebates to low-income homeowners who are senior citizens or disabled.

If formally approved during our annual budget process, this program would be supplementary to an existing Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate Program.

Similar rebate programs are operating in at least 15 school districts throughout the commonwealth.

During the months prior to the bond referendum to fund the State High building project, a number of community members expressed concerns regarding the impact of increasing property taxes on senior citizens and others with limited financial means. At that time, we began exploring ways to mitigate the effect of the tax increase for these individuals.

Eligibility would be based on the same criteria used by the state program. Learn more about the state program at http://revenue.pa . gov/GeneralTaxInformation/PropertyTaxRentRebateProgram.

Low-income homeowners who meet the following criteria may be eligible for property tax relief from the SCASD under this program: claimant or claimant’s spouse is age 65 or older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Application forms and further information would be available to homeowners through the school district’s business office later this spring. To avoid processing delays, we encourage potential recipients to apply to the state program as soon as possible.

Amber Cistaro Concepcion

State College

The writer is president of the State College Area school board.