Ciresi announces bill to freeze property taxes for seniors

HARRISBURG, July 25 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced the introduction of legislation he is co-sponsoring that would implement a freeze for school district property taxes owed by older Pennsylvanians.

“For years, I have talked with senior citizens who are struggling to stay in their homes due to steadily rising property taxes,” Ciresi said. “As property taxes increase, seniors’ bills get harder and harder to pay, straining their limited finances. I am happy to work on helping our older population by working towards solutions that benefit our seniors and ensure that they are not taxed out of their homes.”

House Bill 1675 would implement a freeze on property taxes owed by Pennsylvanians 65 or older if they also have qualified for a homestead property tax exemption at their current residence for at least five years.

Ciresi said school districts would not have to struggle with a loss of funding, as the state would reimburse school districts from the Property Tax Relief Fund.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, across Pennsylvania, there are 409,000 seniors with annual incomes of less than $20,000 that could benefit from this legislation.

For more information, call Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265.