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State Senator Lisa M. Boscola - Your Voice in Harrisburg

JobsJobs in Our Local Lehigh Valley Region

Every week via social media, I make sure to let our Lehigh Valley residents know of job opportunities that are available throughout our region.  In this economy, it’s always helpful for people to know where they can look to find part-time work or even a full-time job.

If you are seeking employment, click here (or on the link below) for a list of local jobs, published on the Bethlehem Patch’s website, that are available:  http://bethlehem.patch.com/news/business-news

Working To Provide More Property Tax Relief

Property TaxesLet me start off by saying that I believe we should eliminate local school property taxes.  But until we have majorities in both houses of the Legislature to eliminate this tax, our state government should be enacting new laws to help at least lessen the burden of these antiquated taxes on our homeowners.

That’s why I have introduced Senate Bill 206.  This bill would direct the Commonwealth’s table game tax revenues into the Property Tax Relief Fund in order to provide additional tax relief to local property taxpayers.

The legalization of slot machine gaming was originally enacted to provide property tax relief to the Commonwealth’s property taxpayers.  However, while gaming in the state has been very successful, the reduction of property taxes has been marginal at best to the average homeowner.  Additionally, when the General Assembly approved table games, all of the state taxes generated on these games have been deposited into the state’s general fund.  My legislation would direct all state revenues generated on table games to be deposited into the Property Tax Relief Fund to provide for further property tax reductions.  Doing so would be a step in the right direction as well as making a difference for countless Lehigh Valley homeowners.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program – Application Deadline Extended

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Property Tax/Rent Rebate Older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities can still apply for the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program as the deadline has been extended until December 31, 2013.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older and individuals 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 in the calculation of these income limits.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms by calling my Bethlehem district office at 610-868-8667 or my Whitehall district office at 610-266-2117.  Other related information can be found online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue toll-free at 1-888-222-9190.

Offices of State Senator Lisa M. Boscola

www.senatorboscola.com

BETHLEHEM OFFICE
One East Broad Street
Suite 120
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 868-8667
Fax: (610) 861-2184
Toll-free: 1-877-535-1818
WHITEHALL OFFICE
West Catasauqua Professional Office Building
2123 N. 1st Avenue
Suite A-4
Whitehall, PA 18052
(610) 266-2117
Fax: (610) 266-2169
HARRISBURG OFFICE
458 Main Capitol Building
Senate Box 203018
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3018
(717) 787-4236
Fax: (717) 783-1257
Senate of PA:
1-800-364-158 (TTY)