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Senator Mario Scavello


Dear Friend,

On August 18th, our Satellite Office in the Hanover Township Community Center opens for constituent service. It’s located at 3660 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017. It will be staffed the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please call 610-863-1200.

Below, you’ll find information on Gov. Wolf’s property tax relief proposal, which shortchanges taxpayers in the 40th Senatorial District, as well as information about community happenings.

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Sincerely,

Mario


In this Edition:

  • Most 40th District Taxpayers Will Pay More Taxes Under Governor’s Plan
  • Homecoming Bazaar this Friday and Saturday in Tannersville
  • Saturday is Roseto Day
  • August 15: 4th Annual Italian Festival in Pen Argyl
  • U.S. Senator Toomey’s Regional Manager to Help Constituents at Tannersville Office Aug. 17
  • Scavello Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar Set for September 12
  • Small Businesses Can Apply for Pollution-Reduction Grants

Senator Scavello
The 12th Annual Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser took place July 30 at Kalahari Resort’s River Ballroom. A total of more than $203,000 was awarded to several organizations, including Pocono Mountain Public Library. Others included: Family Promise of Monroe County, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania, Pocono Alliance, The Salvation Army, and Women’s Resources of Monroe County. Combined prior fundraising totals from both the Pocono Mountains and Lackawanna County Community Fundraisers now total more than $2.3 million.

Most 40th District Taxpayers Will Pay More Taxes Under Governor’s Plan

Over the past several weeks, the Governor has been traveling across Pennsylvania, visiting schools, and touting his proposal for property tax relief. Just this morning, the Governor visited East Stroudsburg Elementary School to speak about education and property tax relief. In Monroe and Northampton counties, school property taxes have surely hurt our families and our schools and I appreciate the Governor recognizing the issue.

Yet the Governor’s proposal for property tax relief fails to adequately relieve taxpayers of the burdensome local tax in the 40th Senate District. During his visits to schools in the 40th district, the governor has claimed his budget will provide school property tax relief to residents here and across the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, under the Governor’s proposal, six out of 10 school districts in the 40th Senate District will pay more in increased personal income tax and sales tax than will be received back in “tax relief.”

As the chart above illustrates, school districts in the 40th Senate district do not receive as much relief as other proposals. Under House Bill 504, residents in the 40th Senate District receive significantly more in property tax relief and as shown below, the difference in millage rate reduction is substantial.

Ultimately, inadequate property tax relief has failed us before. The casino revenue that was promised to fix our burden has fallen short and illustrates why proposals such as property tax elimination is a critical solution. Senate Bill 76, which I am a co-sponsor currently awaits in the Senate Finance Committee along with House Bill 504 for further consideration.

As I said in my recent Guest Column, I am willing to discuss various budget priorities and work toward agreement on both sides, but I will not support a budget proposal that disproportionately impacts the taxpayer and bases its projections on false promises of tax relief. 


Homecoming Bazaar this Friday and Saturday in Tannersville

Our Lady of Victory in Tannersville is hosting their Annual Homecoming Bazaar this Friday and Saturday.

Many delicious foods await, along with exciting games and great prizes. You may even walk away with some nice surprises.


Saturday is Roseto Day

Roseto Day will be held Saturday, August 8 at Roseto Ball Park from noon to 8 p.m.

The day will feature food, games, bingo, live music and two old-fashioned baseball games.


August 15: 4th Annual Italian Festival in Pen Argyl

The fourth annual Italian Festival in Pen Argyl will be held Saturday, August 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1570 Pen Argyl Road in Pen Argyl.

All proceeds benefit local special needs children.

On the menu: all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, chicken, roast pig, lamb, cured Italian meats, fresh ricotta cheese made on location, corn, pasta salad, pizza fritta, beverages for all ages, and more – all included.

Tickets are $20 per adult and $50 per family.

Senator Scavello

The Mount Pocono Rotary Club holds a Fly In and Drive In Breakfast which all proceeds go to fund State Police automated external defibrillators (AEDs) . At the Rotary's Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on July 29th, John and Rachel Moyer, on behalf of the Greg Moyer Fund for AEDs, presented seven AEDs to Trooper Joshua Bryer from the State Police barracks. (Pictured: Trooper Joshua Bryer, Rachel Moyer and Chairman of Monroe County Commissioners, John Moyer.)


U.S. Senator Toomey’s Regional Manager to Help Constituents at Tannersville Office Aug. 18

A member of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s staff will be at our Tannersville district office August 18 to assist constituents with federal issues.

Marta Gabriel, Regional Manager for Senator Toomey, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist with immigration services, Social Security, veterans’ issues, disability benefits and more.

The Tannersville district office is located in DePue Plaza, 2989 Route 611, Suite 103.

Please contact our office at 570- 620-4326 to make an appointment.


Scavello Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar Set for September 12

I’ll be joining Pocono Medical Center in hosting my second annual Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar on Saturday, September 12.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northampton Community College – Monroe Campus, Pocono Hall Gymnasium, 2411 Route 715 in Tannersville.

We’ll provide more information in future e-newsletters.


Small Businesses Can Apply for Pollution-Reduction Grants

Small businesses can apply now for PA Advantage Grants to help pay for pollution-cutting, energy-efficient upgrades.

The grants provide funding to projects that include anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems. It’s funded by the Impact Fee paid by natural gas developers and the state Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.

You can find more information and applications here.


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Mario and Rep. Marcia Hahn presented Robin Zmoda with citations on August 4 for her 10 years of service as borough manager to Pen Argyl.


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Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123

Monroe County Office
DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Northampton County Office
2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone (610) 863-1200
FAX (610) 863-1214
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