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Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

In these financially strapped times, perhaps our Pennsylvania legislators would create a “Low-Income Homeowners Protection Act.”

Base income eligibility on the current year's federal poverty guideline. A household's total gross income would have to fall under that. Then cap property taxes for the homeowner's primary residence at 10 percent of that figure. If your gross annual income is $15,000, your property taxes would be capped at $1,500, no matter your assessed value.

The state already has targeted help to seniors and the disabled through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program; now, it's time to help the poor. Contact your legislators. Let's keep the poor in their houses, before they become homeless!

Rich Saporito

West Mifflin



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