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December 31 Deadline: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

As 2019 year winds down, I again want to remind everyone the deadline to submit an application to the e Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is quickly approaching!  Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2019 and applications are available at my district offices, online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190.  As always, my staff would be happy to assist you in preparing and submitting your application.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 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.  Please keep in mind, half of Social Security income is excluded.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline - December 31, 2019

Be Prepared NOW for Ice and Snow (and make sure you Know Before You Go!)

Travel KitPreparation is one key to successfully navigating winter roads – and winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for ice and snow. We should expect the unexpected during winter driving and prepare now for emergencies, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Organize and refresh your vehicle’s emergency travel kit.  Replace flashlight and radio batteries, bottled water, and other items with a shelf life.  Ensure gloves, warm clothing, and blankets are included. 

Get your vehicle winter road-ready before the first flakes fall.  Regularly check fluids, wipers, heater, defroster, radio, lights, tires, and brakes, along with the battery, hoses, and belts.Download app 

Motorists are encouraged to "Know Before You Go" by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the "Check My Route" tool. 511PA is also available through a download smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Snow & Ice Removal from Vehicles is Imperative

Many times, while driving on our roadways, we have all been the victim of falling snow and ice coming from other vehicles. This is not only extremely dangerous but can also lead to injuries and fatalities. Several years ago, a woman named Christine Lambert was tragically killed on Christmas Day when a slab of ice from a truck traveling in the opposite direction flew off its roof and crashed through her windshield.

New Jersey and Connecticut, along with other states, have already taken the initiative of allowing law enforcement officers to stop and fine individuals for not removing snow and ice from the top of their vehicle. In a Senate Transportation hearing during the 2015-16 session, the PA State Police indicated their support for the concept of this legislation. Pennsylvania should join these others by enacting the same type of legislation.
This proposal would strengthen the existing law by deterring drivers and preventing tragedies before they happen. The current law only penalizes a driver when serious bodily harm occurs from a snow or ice projectile. Christine’s Law would be more proactive, giving police officers discretion to pull over a vehicle where the buildup of ice or snow poses a potential hazard.

I introduced Senate Bill 114 this session in hopes that this is common sense legislation that would prevent further injuries or fatalities from happening. SB114 passed the Senate unanimously in October & now is sitting in the House.

Help me emphasize safety and responsibility & build public awareness so that more people are vigilant about clearing snow and ice from their vehicles by sharing this information – it could save a life.

Cheers to 2020!

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