Stephens Backs Plan to Benefit Seniors and Students
6/6/2012

HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined his colleagues on the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee to unanimously support a bill that would permit schools to reduce property taxes for seniors who volunteer at local schools.

 

House Bill 273 would create the Senior Tax Reduction Incentive Volunteer Exchange Program to help those on fixed incomes earn credits toward their property tax bills by volunteering at local schools in their districts. Volunteer activities could include reading to young children, or speaking about life experiences such as military service and various careers.

 

“Our seniors have so much to offer our students,” Stephens said. “This is an innovative way to help our seniors struggling to pay rising property taxes and the students who could benefit from those seniors who have so much life experience to share.”

 

Under the plan, each district would determine the hourly rate for the tax credits in exchange for mentoring and other services that enhance the students’ academic experience.

 

“As a new father, it's clear to me how much my son benefits from his grandparents now and can easily see how he would benefit from other seniors in our community if they were to volunteer in our schools. This is a win-win for our students and our seniors and I hope this bill moves quickly through the legislature,” explained Stephens.

 

State Representative Todd Stephens

151st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster

215.744.2600

RepToddStephens.com

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