Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • Dec. 31 Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application
  • Gas Utility Winter Reliability Overview Reports Released
  • Submissions Deadline Approaching for PennDOT’s Innovation Challenge
  • Applications being accepted for State Archives Scholars in Residence Program
  • Around the 40th District

Dec. 31 Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application

The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2017 is Dec. 31, 2018.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible residents age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

You can find information, applications and a rebate tracker here.

Gas Utility Winter Reliability Overview Reports Released

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has released 2018 Winter Reliability Overview Reports from the state’s major natural gas distribution companies.

The reports provide insights regarding preparations for conditions that may affect service reliability, supply and prices for the winter months.

Among other things, the reports project little change in natural gas usage across the state compared to last year’s heating season, and a modest increase in home heating costs driven by increasing energy prices.

Submissions Deadline Approaching for PennDOT’s Innovation Challenge

High schools have until Dec. 31 to submit ideas for PennDOT’s Innovation Challenge. Winning teams will be picked regionally, then statewide. 

This year’s challenge is: Aside from laws and educational campaigns, what cost-effective, innovative solution can be developed in the next five to 10 years to get drivers to slow down in work zones?

Despite increased enforcement efforts, work zone signage placed miles in advance, and smartphone alerts, drivers continue to commit traffic violations in work zones, which sometimes lead to crashes and other dangerous, life-threatening situations – even deaths.

Applications being accepted for State Archives Scholars in Residence Program

The PA State Archives and the Pennsylvania Historical Association are accepting applications for the 2019 Scholars in Residence Program.

The program supports up to four weeks of full-time research in the manuscript and state record collections maintained by the State Archives.

It is open to anyone researching Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, public sector professionals, independent scholars, graduate students, educators, writers, filmmakers and others. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Around the 40th District

It was a pleasure this week to meet a very special young lady in our community, Isabella Novak. She founded Kindness Covers with a mission of “spreading kindness through the warmth of handmade blankets.” She accepted donations from the community to purchase supplies and, with help from her peers, completed 24 blankets to donate to Family Promise of Monroe County. They are proud to be working with Youth Infusion to engage our youth in philanthropy.

Congratulations to Donald Simpson of Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Department upon receiving recognition for 50 years of continuous service to the Department. Throughout his tenure Don has consistently volunteered to help those in need, having responded to over 3,000 calls. We are grateful for your selfless work on behalf of our community and thank you for your committed service.


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