|Posted:||March 6, 2023 11:54 AM|
|From:||Representative Morgan Cephas and Rep. Jordan A. Harris|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Neighborhood Infrastructure Repair|
|With some of the oldest housing stock in the United States, Pennsylvania homeowners have struggled to make expensive, but necessary, property repairs. Often homeowners will own and be responsible for alleyways, sidewalks, and other community infrastructure that the public uses. Repairs and maintenance to these pathways can be overwhelming. Since the public is using this infrastructure, we can help homeowners make these spaces safe, accessible, and built better for future generations.
To address this issue, my legislation would allow municipalities to create their own neighborhood infrastructure repair programs, with state funding matching municipality funding. Applicants below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines would have their repair projects fully funded, while those above the threshold would have their portion of the costs spread out over 15 years and applied to their property tax bill without interest. These options will allow us to share the burden of alley and sidewalk repairs and make our communities better.
As legislators, we have a duty to address issues affecting the health and safety of our constituents. Please join me in co-sponsoring this commonsense legislation which would increase property values, possibly reduce insurance rates, and create a more accessible and safer Pennsylvania.
Introduced as HB948