Ferlo Urges Seniors to Avoid Free Property Tax & Rent Rebate Assistance Solicitation
State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh) today urged seniors to avoid solicitation from property tax and rent rebate application services and take advantage of these services for free at his two district office locations.
Ferlo said that, while some companies are offering these same services for as much as $40, his staff will assist seniors at no cost. His Pittsburgh office is located at 3510 Butler Street, Lawrenceville (412-621-3006) and the Natrona Heights office is located at 1421 Freeport Road (724-230-2000).
“The Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rent Rebate program was designed to lower the property tax burden on our senior citizens and those living on fixed incomes,” Ferlo said. “I find it highly disappointing that a company would charge seniors for a service already provided for free by my office, my fellow legislators’ offices, and a vast number of community-based organizations across the state.”
The solicitation went out to many homeowners throughout the region, who quickly brought them to Ferlo’s attention.
“I would advise seniors in my district to disregard the mailings and to spread the word to their friends and neighbors,” Ferlo added. “You should remind your friends and family that these services are provided free of charge at your district representative and senator’s offices.”
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit from is $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) annually for homeowners and the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters is $650. The income limit for renters is $15,000. A supplemental payment above the maximum rebate is also available to eligible homeowners
To learn more, constituents can visit www.senatorferlo.com or contact Ferlo’s district office at 412-621-3006.