Bill would freeze property taxes for Pennsylvania seniors

Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A pair of state representatives are hoping their legislation can help older Pennsylvanians stay in their homes.

Republican Reps. Wendi Thomas and Frank Farry plan to introduce a bill that would freeze property taxes for some seniors over age 65.

The homeowners would have to have established residency in Pennsylvania, must have paid property taxes for more than five years before filing for the freeze and have a combined household income of less than $65,000 per year.

Seniors who make more can still qualify if their property tax liability is 10% or more of their total income.

“For those seniors who may still have a decent pension coming in, for example, but are facing property taxes of $8,000, $10,000, $12,000, they would be able to take advantage of the program,” Farry said. “You could still move from Town A to Town B and as long as you paid for five years, that freeze would move with you.”

They hope to officially introduce the bill in the next few weeks.

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