Scavello Introduces Property Tax Relief Legislation for Seniors

HARRISBURG – Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) has introduced legislation that would provide much needed school property tax relief for senior citizens across the Commonwealth.

“Property taxes continue to rise at an alarming rate and senior citizens are among our most vulnerable populations, given that they are on fixed incomes,” Scavello said.  “As has been said before, no tax should have the power to leave you homeless and no citizen should be forced to choose between paying for food, medicine or their school property tax bill.”

Senate Bill 1262 and Senate Bill 1263 would provide for a property tax rebate of up to $5,000 for all seniors age 65 and older who have an annual household income of less than $60,000. (Fifty percent of Social Security benefits are excluded when determining income.) The legislation would eliminate property taxes for the majority of senior across the commonwealth.

Senator Scavello has introduced many legislative measures over his career in both the House and Senate. Most recently, he introduced Senate Bill 805 to provide the revenue necessary to eliminate school property taxes on owner-occupied homes via the homestead exclusion. This legislation followed the Constitutional Amendment question passed by voters in 2017 expanding the homestead exclusion to 100 percent of a home’s assessed value.

He has also co-sponsored legislation that would eliminate school property taxes entirely.

“This is not the final solution to the property tax problem that has inflicted years of escalating home foreclosures and rising tax bills on Pennsylvania citizens, but it is progress that is within reach to help the most vulnerable,” Scavello said.

CONTACT: Christine Zubeck czubeck@pasen.gov (717) 787-6123