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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 26, 2021 10:33 AM
From: Senator Doug Mastriano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Property Tax Relief for Pennsylvania Seniors
In the near future, I intend to introduce the following legislation.

Property Tax Relief for Pennsylvania Seniors:

This legislation would eliminate property taxes imposed by a political subdivision on residents that:
  • are age 65 or older;
  • are a resident of Pennsylvania for ten years or more; and
  • have an annual household income of $40,000 or less.
According to the latest census data, residents over the age of 65 represent over 18% of Pennsylvania's population.

Additionally, over 8% of that 65+ population lives below the poverty line.

As more baby boomers reach the age of retirement, these numbers will continue to rise.

Our state’s senior citizens are living on fixed incomes, and many have their mortgages paid off. However, property taxes continue to rise. Some seniors throughout the state have told me they have to work a part-time job just to afford skyrocketing property taxes.

Our senior citizens worked their entire lives and should be able to enjoy their golden years, without the fear of losing their homes.

Overall, my legislation aims to eliminate property taxes for senior citizens on fixed incomes, who have already contributed to the Commonwealth’s tax base for several decades.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB619