Nov. 30, 2018

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Have You Applied Yet?

Monday, Dec. 31, is the deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2017.

At last count, more than 425,000 Pennsylvanians had applied to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program through the Department of Revenue.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650.

Eligibility information and forms are available on my website at or by contacting one of my district offices.
Medicare Open Enrollment Period Coming to an End

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period continues through Friday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

If you have questions about your Medicare coverage, APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, has counselors who are specifically trained to answer your Medicare questions.

Click here to contact APPRISE or to find an APPRISE event near you.
Three Recreational Improvement Projects Receive State Funding

State grants totaling $350,000 have been awarded to three Perry County municipalities to fund recreational improvement projects. The funding was made available through a program administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Spring Township received $270,000 for development of Lynn Sheaffer Dum Memorial Park, which includes construction of a multi-purpose field, pedestrian walkways, access road and parking area; and the installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access and landscaping.

Marysville Borough was awarded $40,000 for the rehabilitation of its pool complex, which includes the construction of a pavilion, ADA access and landscaping.

Wheatfield Township received a $40,000 grant for the rehabilitation of Wagner Park, which includes the construction of pedestrian walkways, a bridge and parking area, ADA access and landscaping.
Revitalizing Distressed Neighborhoods

A new state law expands a program that encourages revitalization of distressed neighborhoods. Created in 1967, the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) provides tax credits to businesses that invest in affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance.

Act 100 of 2018 increases the NAP’s funding from $18 million to $36 million and marks the first time allocated funding for the program has been increased since its inception. A recent report found that in 2015-16 NAP’s $17.9 million in tax credits resulted in a total economic impact of $138.1 million.

This proven program has helped bring new businesses, needed services and additional revenue to struggling towns and cities. The end result is more jobs, safer streets and a better quality of life for some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable families.                                    
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