Radnor School District approves property tax rebate program for certain low-income residents – Mainline Media News

RADNOR — Radnor school officials this week approved a program that could give some residents a reduction in their local school property taxes.

Radnor’s proposal goes hand in hand with a state program that allows certain residents, such as seniors, widows or widowers, and others, to receive a property tax refund based on their income.

In a presentation at a recent meeting of the board’s finance committee in early May, school district business administrator Brian Pawling said the state program is designed for homeowners earning less than $35,000. $ per year or tenants earning less than $15,000. Other criteria include people over 65, widows or widowers over 50, and anyone with a disability over 18.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue website, the state program is one of five that are funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The amount of state rebates depends on the level of income. Owners earning up to $8,000 may qualify for a rebate of $650. At the higher end, owners earning up to $35,000 could qualify for $250.

Renters are also eligible for the state program since property taxes are added to their rents.

“Tenants may also be eligible because tenants also pay property tax through their rent,” Pawling said. “So the person who owns the property where their apartment or residence is located is taxed according to the value of that property, and they don’t absorb it. They pass it on to their building tenants, so there is consideration for that.

Under Radnor’s newly approved program, the district would add reimbursement to residents already in the state program.

“To apply for our proposed program, you will need to apply to the state program and be approved, and then once you are approved there, you will need to submit all of this documentation to the district to show that you have been approved with all information on Income. as well as state approval, and then we would use that as verification that the state reviewed the application, and you would be eligible for the triggering amount of rebate that we decide,” Pawling said.

According to his figures, 101 homeowners and 36 tenants were in the state program. The total reimbursement for all residents was $66,627.

“The Council considers it good public policy to make special provision for property tax and rent reimbursements to a class of elderly, widows, widowers and disabled persons to help ease their economic burden “School board chair Amy Goldman said as she read the resolution.

The board unanimously approved Radnor’s rebate program at this week’s board business meeting.

Penny D. Jackson