HARRISBURG – May 24, 2019 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) yesterday introduced Senate Bill 673, which would expand the existing real estate tax exemption program so that more of Pennsylvania’s military families are eligible.
Leach’s bill would provide a pro-rated exemption on a disabled veteran’s real estate taxes based on the rating given to them by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For example, if the VA considers one 50 percent disabled, that person would receive a 50 percent reduction on their property tax obligation. Additionally, this legislation will end the “wartime service requirement” that prohibits veterans from participating in the program if they did not serve during “wartime.”
“The program we have has helped many of Pennsylvania’s veterans, but the problem is that if you are a 90 percent disabled veteran, you get no exemption at all,” Leach said. “It’s either all or nothing and that seems unfair. There are more than 900,000 veterans living here in Pennsylvania and they deserve better. No longer would the complicated VA rating system and arbitrary dates of war time prevent veterans in PA from receiving a discount we all know they deserve.”
On Thursday, Leach introduced the policy’s language as Senate Bill 673. Next, the president pro tempore will assign the bill to a senate committee for consideration.
“Property taxes are a significant expense for property owners even when the mortgage is paid off, property taxes remain,” Mary Ann Szokoli said, whose husband served in Vietnam and became ill due to the side effects of Agent Orange. “Changing the law to match the disability rating of a veteran would significantly assist disabled veterans and their families financially across the Commonwealth. This bill would assist those who gave so much to their country when they were called to serve.”
“Veterans have volunteered to serve our country, and many have sacrificed so much,” Commander of the Pennsylvania State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), District 8, Tom Goodman said about Leach’s bill. “It is time to repay our debt to them. This bill would significantly impact their lives and it has my full support.”
This bill was known as Senate Bill 237 during the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.