Mar. 09, 2018

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

                      Chamber Winners Named

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual awards dinner. It was an honor to present House citations to the winners. Congratulations to all!

The 2018 Chamber award winners were:
Special Recognition: Anna Catherine Reed-Strawn
Community Service Group: Yough River Trail Council
Community Service Individual: Dennis Martin
Beautification: LBS Contracting LLC
Distinguished Citizen: George Puskar
Athena: Joan Emanuel

Assistance Provided for Tornado Victims
On Thursday, Feb. 15, severe weather, including a tornado, hit the Uniontown area. Almost immediately I joined my colleagues in local and state governments, along with nonprofits, in working to help the victims.

We convened a Fayette County Volunteers Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) meeting and then participated in a multi-agency resource center for tornado disaster victims at Fayette County Community Action. My office, along with Rep. Matt Dowling and Sen. Pat Stefano, assisted with state issues. Also participating were representatives from Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, the county tax assessment office, the county veterans affairs office, the county behavioral health administration, and animal response representatives. Every time disaster strikes our community, the outpouring of support is always overwhelming. It is heartening to know we are always available for each other in times of need.

If you still need state assistance due to this weather event, please contact my office at 724-437-1105.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Assistance Offered

My staff will be assisting constituents with completing their 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications at three locations during the month of March.

Assistance will be available at:

• Connellsville Area Senior Center – 100 E. Fayette St., Connellsville; Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Saltlick Township Municipal Building – 147 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft; Tuesday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Scottdale Library – 106 Spring St., Scottdale; Tuesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those interested in receiving assistance are asked to call my Lemont Furnace District Office at 724-437-1105 to schedule an appointment.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Eligibility income limits are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

• $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
• $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
• $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
• $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

New this year, federal veterans’ disability payments or state veterans’ benefits received by a veteran or unmarried surviving spouse do not count toward the eligible income.

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30. Rebates will be mailed out beginning July 1.

If none of these dates are convenient, residents may visit any of my district offices during regular operating hours. The Scottdale satellite office is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scottdale library. For additional information or assistance, contact my office at 724-437-1105 or visit my website at

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Capitol Office: Room B-11, Main Capitol Building, PO Box 202052, Harrisburg PA 17120-2052 | (717) 787-1540 
District Office: 1040 Eberly Way, Suite 250, Lemont Furnace, PA 15456 I Phone: (724) 437-1105