In this Edition:
Many Area Seniors Attended My Annual Senior Expo
A special thank you to everyone who came out to make my annual Senior Expo a success. It was a privilege to join Representatives Brown, Parker, and Rader in co-hosting this event to provide information and resources for our area seniors! Click here for a local summary of the event.
July Episode of Legislative Report
In the July episode of my Legislative Report program, I interview Monroe County Commissioners John Moyer, Charlie Garris and John Christy to discuss the latest issues affecting Monroe County.
Property Tax and Rent Rebate Deadline Extension
Pennsylvania is extending from June 30, 2016 until December 31, 2016 the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program deadline for eligible Pennsylvanians and issuing a reminder that free application assistance is available through local Area Agencies on Aging, Senior Centers and PA Department of Revenue district offices.
Age, income and disability are critical eligibility factors. First time filers will need photocopies of documents providing proof of age, a spouse’s death certificate if widowed, and proof of permanent disability, if applicable. Obtain the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program application online or by mail or call 1-888-PATAXES.
My office is always available to help senior citizens, disabled individuals and other qualified residents complete the PA-1000 Property Tax and Rent Rebate application.
Please be sure to stop by one of my offices for assistance.
If you have already applied and 8 to 10 weeks have lapsed since filing, contact the PA Department of Revenue for a status report on your rebate.
Unclaimed Property Awaits Rightful Owners
The Treasury reports it began 2016 seeking the legal owners of $2.5 billion in unclaimed property. Claimants are encouraged to file a claim form, free of charge, with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property rather than pay the 15% maximum finder’s fee.
One in 10 residents have unclaimed property. The increased popularity of gift certificates and gift cards can also bring an increase in unclaimed property, as Pennsylvania requires those with an expiration date and/or any fees to be reported as unclaimed property. Search the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property data base or call the toll-free number, 800-222-2046, for information and assistance.
Financial Planning and Kids
Publications and reports can assist parents when conveying to kids the importance of financial issues, according to the PA Department of Banking.
The Pennsylvania Treasury is making one such publication available entitled “ Money As You Grow: 20 Things Kids Need to Know to Live Financially Smart Lives ”. Beginning with 3 to 5 year olds and continuing in stages up to 18 years and older, the “Money As You Grow” teaching tool is intended to introduce financial concepts at the appropriate age for comprehension.
The PA Department of Banking offers three publications for students and young adults, including 12 Investing Principles That Every Young Person Should Know, 40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know, and Money: Save It, Invest It, Do It As A Career. Parents are also invited to take advantage of the PA DOB publications geared toward adults.
Legislature Requires School Performance Profiles to Include Fiscal Data
The newly enacted 2016-17 Public School Code requires the Department of Education to post annual financial information related to public schools on its website as part of the SchoolWATCH initiative to promote accountability and transparency.
PDE began posting such information during the Corbett Administration but until now has not been legally required to do so.
You can find all fiscal data and information on your school’s academic performance via the online PA School Performance Profiles.
Upcoming Events in the 40th
The Bath Volunteer Fire Fighters and Ambulance Corps is hosting their annual Bath Community Days event and this they will commemorate their tenth year. The celebration will be a 4-day event and will begin today, July 21st, and end on Sunday July 24th. The festival will take place at Firefighters Park, and will feature everything from vendors, 5k run/walk, live bands, amusement rides, food, demonstrations and so much more. Please visit VisitPA for more information.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Big Time Festival
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Big Time celebration begins next Wednesday, July 27th. The festival features Italian and other foods, rides and plenty of entertainment. Click here for more information.
BW Nice - Monroe Chapter Networking Mixer
The Monroe County chapter of Business Women Networking Involving Charity and Education (BW Nice) will be hosting a networking event on Tuesday, July 26th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. To RSVP please contact Lori Bloch at (201) 771-9800.
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