HARRISBURG, February 10, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today encouraged eligible senior citizens to begin applying for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

“Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of the most valuable programs for our senior citizens and it is imperative that they know of its availability,” Blake said. “The looming budget crisis and threat of reduced education funding may adversely affect our local property taxes and this program significantly softens the blow of property taxes for our seniors.”

Blake said that applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program were sent out to seniors who previously qualified for a rebate. Any other senior who believes they may be eligible for a rebate can download an application online starting today at www.senatorblake.com or by contacting his Scranton district office at (570) 207-2881.

The Lottery-funded Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program provides benefits to homeowners or renters who are 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 and older.

Blake said a rebate combined with relief from slots revenue can eliminate property taxes for some residents.

# # #