Hess Senior Local Tax Reduction Volunteer Exchange Program Bill Approved by House
9/26/2012
HARRISBURG – The House gave a unanimous vote to legislation authorizing public school districts to implement a Senior Local Tax Reduction Incentive Volunteer Exchange Program today, said the bill’s author, Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon).

“House Bill 273 allows school districts statewide to implement a program that is already being done in several districts in Pennsylvania with great success,” said Hess. “With this legislation, our seniors can provide some volunteer services in exchange for a credit on their school property taxes. It is a win-win for seniors and for school districts which benefit from the life experiences of those who participate.”

The bill allows school districts to set specific guidelines for the program, including the rate of a real property tax credit, as long as it does not exceed the total amount of taxes owed by an individual.

“One of the concerns raised during the course of hearings on this bill was the potential of replacing or supplanting existing job positions,” said Hess. “This bill is specific in making sure that does not happen. This is designed to aid districts in their mission of educating our young people and to provide tax relief to our senior citizens who choose to participate.”

Remarks for the record in support of the bill were submitted by Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee.
The 198-0 vote sends the bill to the Senate for its consideration.

State Representative Dick Hess
78th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
717.705.1834
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