Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
4/5/2013

Senior Citizen Volunteers Could Save on School Property Taxes Under Bill

The House recently voted in support of legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) to allow school districts to offer property tax relief to senior citizens in exchange for volunteer service for their local school district. Under House Bill 658, participants must be at least 60 years old, residents of Pennsylvania for at least 90 days and undergo appropriate criminal background checks. The bill would allow school districts to set specific guidelines for the program, including the rate of a real property tax credit, as long as it does not exceed the total amount of taxes owed by an individual. In addition, the bill would require that the types of services provided by volunteers may not replace or displace existing jobs but instead enhance existing academic programs at the school district. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

April is National Donate Life Month

To raise awareness of the more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians waiting for an organ transplant to save their lives, April is Donate Life Month. One organ donor can potentially save the lives of patients awaiting heart, liver, lung, kidney or pancreas transplants. Pennsylvania residents can elect to be an organ donor on their driver’s licenses or identification cards by registering online; there is no need to wait for a renewal. To register as an organ donor, visit www.dmv.state.pa.us and click on the “Donate Life” icon. Additional information about organ donation, including how to become a living donor, is available at www.donatelife-pa.org.

Call to Report Potholes on State Roads

Pennsylvania drivers can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to report potholes and other problems on state roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623). Callers should be prepared to provide as much information as possible to help crews find the pothole, such as the county and municipality where the problem is located, the state route number (found on the small white-and-black signs posted along the roadway) and any familiar landmarks nearby. In addition to potholes, motorists may also call the hotline to report missing highway signs, shoulder drop-offs, roadway washouts and other potential hazards.
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