Burns’ plan would freeze property taxes for seniors

Legislation would provide relief to seniors by expanding video gaming

HARRISBURG, Oct.  21 – As someone who has always stood up for seniors in his community, Rep. Frank Burns knows how hard it can be for people living on fixed-incomes to keep up with the rising cost of things like electric bills and property taxes. He also knows firsthand how local businesses, especially restaurants, bars and clubs, have struggled under restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help, Burns is introducing legislation that would cut both groups a break – by freezing seniors’ property taxes, a move that would be funded in turn by allowing video gaming terminals and skill games in many liquor licensed establishments.

“My legislation will stop seniors from being taxed out of their homes, while giving local businesses a chance to grow their bottom lines and attract customers,” Burns said. “This is a win-win for our seniors, our mom-and-pop businesses, and the people they employ. It’s time for the state to provide meaningful property tax reform and support mom-and-pop businesses.”

Burns’ legislation would also clarify the laws surrounding video gaming terminals in Pennsylvania – a move supported by the Pennsylvania State Police – and, in addition to property tax relief, would dedicate a portion of the new revenue and fees be used for gaming enforcement, gaming addiction treatment and grants to local municipalities.

“Since day one I have tried to find innovative solutions to solve our state’s problems, and to give back to the community I represent,” Burns said. “This is another example of how I’m thinking outside the political box – and reaching across the aisle – to get things done for Cambria County.”