FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rep. Scott Conklin
Conklin announces property tax relief to start this summer
Centre Co. lawmaker says slots gaming revenue triggers first wave of tax relief
STATE COLLEGE, May 1 – Centre County state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today that gaming revenue has reached the required amount to kick start $618 million in property tax relief for more than 3 million Pennsylvania home and farm owners.
Conklin said the amount of relief for each Pennsylvania homestead and farmstead will vary by school district, but homeowners living in the 77th Legislative District should see an estimated $110 or more in property tax cuts this summer. He said school districts will receive the slots money payouts which will then be used to adjust homeowners’ property tax bills.
"Finally, with gaming revenue hitting its required revenue threshold, the state is able to carry through with its promise to give millions of Pennsylvanians a break with their property taxes," Conklin said. "This means tens of thousands of Centre County residents will see the property tax cuts they have been waiting for. This is the first step in an effort to reduce the burden that property taxes have on homeowners across our region."
Estimated property tax relief per home or farmstead for school districts in the 77th Legislative District are as follows:
Bald Eagle School District -- $187
Philipsburg-Osceola School District -- $348
State College Area School District -- $111
Tyrone Area School District -- $156
Conklin added that as the revenue from current and pending gaming sites continues to grow, homeowners will receive additional school property tax relief.
"Over the next few years, Pennsylvanians will see even greater relief as the revenues from gaming continue to come in," he said. "And as this happens, my colleagues and I in the state House will continue to look into ways to provide even greater property tax relief and reduce the burden it has on working families."
More information and a detailed list of property tax cuts for school districts across the state can be found at www.pde.state.pa.us/proptax, or through Conklin's Web site at www.pahouse.com/conklin. To contact Conklin's constituent service office by phone, call 814-238-5477.