Free assistance with Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate application available in Sturla’s office

LANCASTER, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today reminded constituents to stop by his Lancaster office for free help in completing an application for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has a June 30 deadline.

“Instead of going to a company that charges a fee to help fill out a Property Tax/Rent Rebate application, my constituents can contact my office to get the free assistance they deserve for this important state program,” Sturla said. “While the deadline typically is extended from June until December, there is no need to wait to apply.”

The state’s rebate program benefits eligible residents 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 or older; and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit for eligibility is $35,000 a year for homeowners or $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and from slots gaming revenue.

Sturla also said seniors across the state in past years were targeted and sent a mailing with a California postmark from the “Senior Advisory Center” offering assistance for $39; however, his office can help those eligible to apply for free.

Residents in the 96th District (all of Lancaster city and parts of Manheim and Lancaster townships) interested in more information or who request assistance can contact Sturla’s Lancaster Office at 150 E. King St. or call 717-295-3157. Services are available at that location in Spanish and English.