THROOP, February 4, 2019 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today held his first Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Event at Throop Civic Center where his staff assisted a number of residents in applying for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

“As we continue to work to find common ground in Harrisburg on meaningful residential property tax reform, it is important that our fixed income seniors know that there is a state program to help ease the burden of property taxes,” Blake said. “Over the next month, my staff will be available at community centers across Lackawanna County to ensure that our eligible property owners and renters are applying to the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.”

Blake said that over the next month, his staff will travel to communities across Lackawanna County to ensure residents are applying for this important state benefit.

Senator Blake’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, February 8 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Academy II Apartments (202 Academy St., Moscow)
  • Monday, February 11 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Jermyn Community Center (440 Jefferson Ave., Jermyn)
  • Tuesday, February 12 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Carbondale Senior Center (66 N. Church St., Carbondale)
  • Thursday, February 14 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Dickson City Civic Center (935 Albert St., Dickson City)
  • Friday, February 22 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at The Gathering Place (304 S. State St., Clarks Summit)
  • Monday, February 25 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Joe Terry Civic Center (1038 Montdale Rd., Scott Township)

The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities ages 18 and older. Homeowners with a maximum yearly income of $35,000 and renters with a maximum yearly income of $15,000 are eligible for a rebate. The maximum standard rebate is $650, and half of the applicants Social Security income is excluded.  

To apply for a Property Tax/Rent Rebate, residents are required to provide proof of their 2018 income (W-2, 1099, etc.); a current government issued ID; and proof of property taxes or rent paid in 2018.

Blake noted that additional dates will be added to his outreach schedule over the next few weeks.

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