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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 23, 2023 09:35 AM
From: Representative Dan K. Williams
To: All House members
Subject: Senior Property Tax Freeze
 
In Pennsylvania, the median property tax is $2,223 per year. However, almost four in 10 residents are 50 or older and the median household income of those 65 years or older is $40,083. With the cost of living continuing to skyrocket, many of those living on lower and fixed incomes will feel the squeeze on their wallets. There are far too many seniors whose annual income is small and whose property tax rebate will not cover all of their bill. As property taxes increase, those property tax bills will get harder and harder to pay for some of our older Pennsylvanians, straining their finances and fueling their worries.
 
That is why I am introducing legislation that would implement a property tax freeze for school district property taxes owed by older Pennsylvanians. An individual who is 65 or older, and who has qualified for a homestead property tax exemption at their current residence for at least five years, would be eligible. 2023 would act as the base year for the freeze. However, school districts would not have to struggle with the loss of this funding; the state would reimburse school districts from the Property Tax Relief Fund. Under my plan, seniors would be able to have confidence when it comes time to pay their property tax bills each year, without any added uncertainty for schools.
 
Please join me in giving Pennsylvania’s senior citizens peace of mind that their property taxes will not skyrocket in the coming years.
 



Introduced as HB868